How to Add a Message to Your Login Screen

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by RumorzGuy, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. RumorzGuy macrumors 6502

    RumorzGuy

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    Location:
    Guam, Mariana Islands, U.S.A.
    #1
    Here is a neat little Terminal trick.

    To add a message to your logon screen, do the following:

    1. Launch Terminal app from the /Applications/Utilities folder.

    2. Type the following in the Terminal:

    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText "Hey Bill . . . You are one cool dude for your age."

    3. Hit your "return" key.

    4. Provide your admin password when requested to do so.

    5. Log out of your account, and then back in again.

    6. Enjoy!

    To remove the message, type the following. It is the same as the previous one, except there is nothing beween the quotes:

    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText ""

    Or to change the message to something else, just type something new between the quotes, and repeat steps 3 through 6.
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

    simonsi

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2014
    Location:
    Auckland
    #2
    You can set it through the "Set Lock Screen Message" in Security and Privacy settings...
     
  3. RumorzGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    RumorzGuy

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    Location:
    Guam, Mariana Islands, U.S.A.
    #3
    So you can do it either of two ways, via GUI or CLI. :)
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

    simonsi

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2014
    Location:
    Auckland
    #4
    Yep, there will be a CLI method for pretty much everything in the preferences panes...
     

Share This Page