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I am very chuffed.  I have setup my Macbook to allow users to logout without closing everything down and another user to login.  Sounds simple enough.

Enabling Multi-user Login on Macbook Pro

(You may need an administrator password to enable multi-user login – if you own your machine, it’s usually your password)

Click the magnifying glass in the top right of your screen, type Preferences, Click System Preferences (usually pops up after typing P).  Click on Users & Groups, highlighted below.

Access Multi-login via Users and Groups Menu

Access Multi-login via Users and Groups Menu

Click Login Options. Tick Show fast user switching and choose any setting.  If the screen is faded, to make alterations, click the Lock in the bottom left of the window and enter your admin password.

Adding Fast Switching to allow Multi-user login

The Login Options in the Users & Groups menu.  Tick Fast Switching to allow Multi-user login

You may now simply close System Preferences and the Lock, if on, will automatically be re-enabled. You will notice that the fast switching menu appears Top Right.

The Fast User Switching Menu that appears top right of your Macbook screen

The Fast User Switching Menu that appears top right of your Macbook screen

Clicking between users or clicking Login Window… will switch screens and keep all your apps open for when you return.

This is a great way to make your Macbook even more user friendly.  The benefits are:

  • Fast user switching for administration, or enjoy multiple self logins for different purposes
  • Multi-user logins without losing open apps
  • Guest account status maintained between Guest sessions by using Login Window option instead of Logging Out
  • Using Login Window when leaving your Mac means other people can use the machine

Happy multi-user families!

Let me know how you get on.  Enjoy!

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