If you’ve got a family, chances are there is a unit designated as the family computer. Most often than not, it is a desktop that everybody can use, but sometimes in can also be a laptop, especially if Mom or Dad upgraded their own laptops and designated the older one for home use.
If several people share the computer, it is better to create multiple accounts, one for each member of the family. That was each person will have his or her settings and preferences and specific folders to put files. That way your daughter who would like to have a pink wallpaper will not get into arguments with your son who wants to have an action figure displayed.
Setting Up Multiple User Accounts
As the administrator, you have full control of the computer and you can create accounts for different people and determine how much access will they have. This doesn’t just apply to family accounts but to any shared computer which can be at work or at a public place.
To create an account do the following steps:
- Go to your Systems Preferences and click Users and Groups.
- Click the padlock image to start and make changes. It will ask for your password to authenticate.
- Click the + icon to add a new account.
- A new pane will appear. Choose what kind of account you want to open: Administrator, Standard, Managed with Parental Controls, Groups, or Guest.
- Input the name of the account. You can also add password protection if you wish to do so.
- Click Create Account to make a new account for your Mac.
- Make sure than in your Login Options (the house icon) that the display is set to show the List of Users so that each user can easily access his or her account.