is there a way in which i can switch between users and not log off

Hungarianguy

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is there a way in which i can switch between two user profiles without having to log off?
 

iBlue

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Hungarianguy said:
is there a way in which i can switch between two user profiles without having to log off?


yes. enable "fast user switching" in your system preferences, in the accounts section
 

jsw

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Just note that not logging off means your apps continue to run (eating up RAM, CPU, etc.) and that some apps, like iTunes, aren't fond of sharing users.

Generally, though, virtual memory takes care (nicely) of RAM issues, and most apps don't do much when you're not logged in, so, overall, Fast User Switching is a good thing.
 

Hungarianguy

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after I enabeled this what do I use to switch between the users? I do not see a menu item that says switch between users. And logoff still stops all programs.

thansk,dan
 

Frisco

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Hungarianguy said:
after I enabeled this what do I use to switch between the users? I do not see a menu item that says switch between users. And logoff still stops all programs.

thansk,dan
Click on your user account name in the upper right hand corner of the menu bar.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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jsw said:
...some apps, like iTunes, aren't fond of sharing users.
What...?

Apple suggest this as a simple way of sharing music among different users on the same computer:
Tip: With iTunes 4.5 or later and Mac OS X 10.3 or later, it's easy to use the Fast User Switching feature in Mac OS X with the Music Sharing feature in iTunes to share your songs with other users on the same computer.
from iTunes: How to share music between different accounts on a single computer
 

Nermal

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Older versions of iTunes wouldn't run for multiple users simultaneously. Newer versions may have changed this though.
 

MacDawg

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Nermal said:
Older versions of iTunes wouldn't run for multiple users simultaneously. Never versions may have changed this though.
It has changed, you can actually be playing 2 different songs at the same time :eek:

And switching without logging off assumes you are using at least Panther I think. I don't believe Jaguar allowed this.

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