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Create and delete users in macOS Create a new user To allow users to log into your macOS computer, create an account for each of them. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences If it's locked, click the padlock in the bottom left corner of the window, and then authenticate as an administrator.
From the menu next to "New Account:", select the type of account you want to create. Do not do this, however! Doing so will result in a new user account being created the next time the computer is started. This is clearly not what you are after. I did a quick search, which led to an article which linked to two useful pages. David, thank you, thank you, thank you!! I just got my new MacBook Pro yesterday. I am currently living in Vietnam, the guys at the computer store wanted to setup my computer for me, and they misspelled my name when setting it up!!!!
I was so angry, they told me they would fix it and I would lose my data that I was up until am moving over from my old PC. I nervously followed them on my 1 day old Mac, and voila!!! Everything worked out perfectly!! Thanks again for the great instructions. I had to explain to the guy on the phone that when you name your computer, the name is permanent! Because clearly the genius and the Apple care guy on the phone cannot. I have a macbook pro Marc: the computer name might be grayed out because the settings could be locked.
Click the lock icon in the lower-left side of the window.
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You might be asked for the password… and voila! I have just cloned a mac onto another mac and the computer name is greyed out. I cant change it and it is driving me insane…. If so, then move on to the next check. Kids — This may be your parents so….. Good luck with that. The second thing to check is if the Padlock is Unlocked. If its not unlocked, click it, enter your password, and it should be unlocked. Once these are correct, change the computer name, and lock it again.
This prevents unauthorized access to settings you may not want changed. Best of luck! I forgot about the padlock. Thanks M1XC, you were a great help. Thank you very much.
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