Login Screen Icons are Large Suddenly

oarx

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Maybe I'm going crazy, but... I don't remember the log in icons ever being this large. They used to all line up and fit in the screen and were smaller. Now they are larger and only fit a few on the screen, there is a beginning and ending vertical threshold on the left and right where the icons don't go past...

Am I crazy? did my cat walk on the keyboard and do something?

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pentool

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I can confirm that the login icon is bigger and there's no frosted glass effect on the login screen. Since I only have a single login, I don't know how the login icons would appear next to each other if I had a lot of them like you.
 
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TokMok3

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Maybe I'm going crazy, but... I don't remember the log in icons ever being this large. They used to all line up and fit in the screen and were smaller. Now they are larger and only fit a few on the screen, there is a beginning and ending vertical threshold on the left and right where the icons don't go past...

Am I crazy? did my cat walk on the keyboard and do something?

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No you are not crazy. That's a new feature for those of us that have bad vision.
 

JLH888

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Maybe I'm going crazy, but... I don't remember the log in icons ever being this large. They used to all line up and fit in the screen and were smaller. Now they are larger and only fit a few on the screen, there is a beginning and ending vertical threshold on the left and right where the icons don't go past...

Am I crazy? did my cat walk on the keyboard and do something?

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Also it's slow, the icons fade slowly like the Mac is on a massive slowdown. I have this and I'm on a new MacBook Pro.
 

oarx

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Ok, thank you guys for the replies.

I guess what I thought happened was that I installed Mojave and the icons were the same and then that day I actually noticed them being different and thought maybe I had done something to cause the change.

What I'm hearing is that this is how Mojave is and I just didn't notice the change right right away.

Why do you have so many logins on a MacBook? It really is indeed a personal notebook.
I guess I initially set up accounts for my family to be able to back up everyones phone and I wanted to keep everything separated by family member. No one but me really uses it, but they are set up on it just for that purpose.
 

adrianlondon

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It's very easy to have four icons displaying even if hardly anyone else uses your laptop.

1. Yourself
2. A spare/backup admin account in case one messes up. I needed this when one set of beta upgrades kept messing up the associated iCloud account. My backup admin account has no iCloud login associated with it.
3. Guest
4. "Any other user" or whatever it says when you log out (rather than reboot).

The icons are big and childish looking imo.
 

Bengt77

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True enough, but there are these other machines... called Desktops, that can be shared by many people.
Also, there are laptops that are a family's main computer. I always shared my laptop with my girlfriend. And also had an admin account. When we would have a babysitter over, I would temporarily enable the guest account, too. I don't think it's strange at all, a laptop being shared by multiple people in a household.
 

erwolff

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Why do you have so many logins on a MacBook? It really is indeed a personal notebook.
[doublepost=1545558254][/doublepost]that is the sort of stupid question that dies not contribute anything to the conversation - I have five accounts on my MacBook, and they are there for a reason
 
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Marc Evans

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[doublepost=1545558254][/doublepost]that is the sort of stupid question that dies not contribute anything to the conversation - I have five accounts on my MacBook, and they are there for a reason
Agreed. Tired of the replies where people need to feel superior by questioning "why" you want to know the answer. If you can answer a question, answer it. If you can't, move along without becoming the judgmental "church lady". As the sole user of my MBP, I still have 3 accounts on it, and I still don't like the larger icons, so I still have the question as to why they got big and trying to find out how to remedy that.
 
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erwolff

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Agreed. Tired of the replies where people need to feel superior by questioning "why" you want to know the answer. If you can answer a question, answer it. If you can't, move along without becoming the judgmental "church lady". As the sole user of my MBP, I still have 3 accounts on it, and I still don't like the larger icons, so I still have the question as to why they got big and trying to find out how to remedy that.
[doublepost=1545601752][/doublepost]thanks, Mark Evans
and as we are on the topic, I can give ananswer to why so many accounts: one is my standard, personal account with my emails, etc,etc
the second account is the admin account
the third one is for lecture materials - should any one remember my login for that, they can't get into my personal account because it has a different password
the fourth account is solely for photographs taken while on the move - when I get home I can easily delete everything on it to regain space,
and finally the fifth account is for trying things out which I am not so sure about - if needed I can delete the whole account
anyone out there thinking I should merge them all into the admin account?
 

paikinho

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True enough, but there are these other machines... called Desktops, that can be shared by many people.
I have my desktop iMac. My Wife has her own iMac.
Neither is to be touched by the kids.

We have a laptop that we have all 3 of our kids using and a couple of adults as well when traveling. Each person needs their own account or they simply would mess up what other people are doing.

We have been doing it for over 10 years this way. When our machine was a linux laptop we had many nice simple login screens with separate accounts for each of the kids. They were always tidy and simple to use. Highly customizable for the kids to put their own icons on or create their own.

Not sure why it is a difficult to understand that needs vary with different people.

Having large cludgy icons where you have to swipe around to get at ones own personal login is unnecessary.
Would love to have the ability to customize the experience to our needs. That is how things should be rather then simple Giant Icons for each person. Defeats simplicity and functionality.

Even a simple list would be far better.... all on the screen at the same time.
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Ok, thank you guys for the replies.

I guess what I thought happened was that I installed Mojave and the icons were the same and then that day I actually noticed them being different and thought maybe I had done something to cause the change.

What I'm hearing is that this is how Mojave is and I just didn't notice the change right right away.



I guess I initially set up accounts for my family to be able to back up everyones phone and I wanted to keep everything separated by family member. No one but me really uses it, but they are set up on it just for that purpose.
Maybe I'm going crazy, but... I don't remember the log in icons ever being this large. They used to all line up and fit in the screen and were smaller. Now they are larger and only fit a few on the screen, there is a beginning and ending vertical threshold on the left and right where the icons don't go past...

Am I crazy? did my cat walk on the keyboard and do something?

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I was poking around because I have the absurdly large Icon problem since Beta Testing Mojave on the laptop.

One thing I found is that this helps somewhat since I have 7 accounts on the laptop.

System Preferences--> Display --> Resolution: (Click Scaled) --> Choose More Space

You might need glasses though, but it will make the screens hold more info, more windows. It will look more like a tiny desktop.
Best of all is the icon size on the login Screen get much smaller.
Still have some scrolling with my 7 accounts, but at least it isn't showing only 3 or 4 now.... and scrolling the rest.

Wish the login icons would be vertical.

Pain in my Petoot is what apple has made this. I would love to simply stack the icons in a decending and customizable row. Simple, Orderly, No pesky scrolling
 

GylesM

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Maybe I'm going crazy, but... I don't remember the log in icons ever being this large. They used to all line up and fit in the screen and were smaller. Now they are larger and only fit a few on the screen, there is a beginning and ending vertical threshold on the left and right where the icons don't go past...

Am I crazy? did my cat walk on the keyboard and do something?

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I'm late to the Mojave party and had the same question about the suddenly oversized log in icons. I was hoping for an answer on how to change it back. Since all of the discussion here seems to only be about why one would have more than one of two icons, I assume there is no way to change it, correct?
 
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erwolff

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I'm late to the Mojave party and had the same question about the suddenly oversized log in icons. I was hoping for an answer on how to change it back. Since all of the discussion here seems to only be about why one would have more than one of two icons, I assume there is no way to change it, correct?
[doublepost=1561283126][/doublepost]It is my computer and I should be able to set the size of the login icons to what I think is right, not some busybody at Apple who "knows what is best for me".
is there really no-one out there who knows how to get into to operating system to change the default size of the icons? Clue: it must be possible to change the size because when my laptop is connected to my TV, the icons are a lot smaller - why can't that be so all the time?
I cannot imagine something like this happening while the late Steve Jobs was still in charge