customizing password screen

Discussion in 'macOS' started by paulold, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. paulold macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    Washington, DC
    Forgive me for not knowing the proper terminology...

    I have a MacBook Pro running the latest Snow Leopard. I am the only user on my laptop. When I turn on my laptop, it just starts up and I am in. No login.

    But I recently decided that I should increase my security a little by having the OS prompt me for my password upon waking up from sleep/screensaver.

    Is there any way to customize the little, basic window that appears where I enter my password? Most forum entries discuss the login window, but I don't think that's what this is called. I'm not really logging in - just unlocking it.

    I'd like to be able to customize the appearance of the window, the text, maybe make sounds if the wrong password is entered, etc. Main reason for this is for security purposes. If someone tries to use my laptop while it's sitting on my desk at work, I'd like to know (and would like him/her to know I know). Maybe hear it - maybe see some message.

    Ideas? Possible? Thanks!
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    It's the same window, however there really isn't much you can to customize it.
  3. paulold thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    Washington, DC
    Are you sure? To me the login window looks large, maybe 5"x5" ,with images of the users and you get to choose which account you want to use (with buttons? not sure) if you have multiple users or if you want to login as a guest. Whereas the password prompt window is maybe 3"x2" and is fairly plain looking, just asking you to type in the password.
  4. webgoat macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    Austin, TX
    you can customize a lot of the things on the login window

    to add custom text
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ LoginwindowText "Insert Text Here"

    to change the default background change DefaultDesktop.jpg in /System/Library/CoreServices

    to change the standard apple logo and and Mac OS X change the files applelogo.tif and MacOSX.tif in /System/Library/CoreServices/SecurityAgentPlugins/loginwindow.bundle/Contents/Resources

    to change the window from displaying your computer's name by default
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ AdminHostInfo Time

    you can replace Time with HostName, SystemVersion, SystemBuild, SerialNumber, IPAddress, or DSStatus to display them by default instead

    here's my loginwindow with username and custom text blacked out

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  5. TreeTop60 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2009
    Change background of login window?

    Good instructions. One Q ... can I change the solid background fill of the login window? Would like to eliminate it.

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