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Old Jun 10, 2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Hide Admin in Login screen?

How can i hide admin in login screen. I have 2 accounts ... 1 admin ( to maintain the mac) so i don't really use that account and 1 standard account that everybody use. How can i hide the admin account in the login screen?

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Old Jun 10, 2011, 08:20 PM   #2
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How can i hide admin in login screen. I have 2 accounts ... 1 admin ( to maintain the mac) so i don't really use that account and 1 standard account that everybody use. How can i hide the admin account in the login screen?

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System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options > Display Login Windows as > Select "Name and Password"

Better not forget the User Name and Password, though.
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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yeah i know that but i just want to use the "List of users" but there must be a way to hide the Admin.

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Old Jun 11, 2011, 12:44 PM   #4
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yeah i know that but i just want to use the "List of users" but there must be a way to hide the Admin.

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Pray tell, how would you login as an Admin if the account is hidden and you're not using the User Name and Password login window?
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com.apple.loginwindow.plist has a HiddenUserList set in it.

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sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow HiddenUsersList -array-add user1shortname user2shortname
Should do the trick. To remove the hidden ones and display them again do

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sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow HiddenUsersList
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Pray tell, how would you login as an Admin if the account is hidden and you're not using the User Name and Password login window?
It's possible to have a list and enable 'Other..' as a menu option that gives and User/pass input.
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 03:04 PM   #6
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The above post is a very nice solution.

Alternatively, you could enable 'root' and use that as your admin account (it will show 'Other' at login window to login as 'root').
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 06:42 PM   #7
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Alternatively, you could enable 'root' and use that as your admin account (it will show 'Other' at login window to login as 'root').
This is not a good idea, you don't want the user permanently logged in as root. Very, very bad idea. If you need root access, enable it for what you need and log back out!
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Pray tell, how would you login as an Admin if the account is hidden and you're not using the User Name and Password login window?
At the login window there is a special key combination to get the the Other login. I think its command and right arrow or option-enter.
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Old Jun 12, 2011, 05:58 AM   #9
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This is not a good idea, you don't want the user permanently logged in as root. Very, very bad idea. If you need root access, enable it for what you need and log back out!
Well the OP said that he "didn't really use the admin account" - so imho, there would be no harm done and he wouldn't have to phaff around with plist files if he's not to sure about what he is doing.
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But the OP does use the admin account, he/she just doesn't log into it. You need admin privileges to install applications, make changes to some pref panes, etc. So the OP must use it for some things. Switching admin for root is always always always a bad idea.
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