ARCHIVED: In Mac OS X, what is fast user switching, and how do I use it?
In Mac OS X, a feature called fast user switching allows you to simultaneously log into two or more OS X accounts on one computer, and switch quickly between them. To enable and use fast user switching:
- From the Apple menu, select
- In System Preferences, from the
Users & Groups(Mac OS X 10.7 and later) or
Accounts(Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier).
- If the padlock in the bottom left-hand corner of the window is
closed, click it and authenticate with your administrator
- On the bottom left side of the window, click
- On the right side of the window, check
Show fast user switching menu as:(Mac OS X 10.6 and later) or
Enable fast user switching(Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier). If a sheet then drops down, click
OK. Choose one of the options to determine how the user switching icon appears in the menu bar.
- To log into a different account, click the fast user switching icon in the menu bar, and from the pull-down menu that appears, select the
account you wish to log into.
- When prompted, provide the password for the account. It may take a
moment for the login process to complete. After this, the screen
will rotate and the other account will become dominant.
- To access the first account, or to log into a different account, repeat steps 6 and 7, selecting the appropriate account.
Last modified on December 05, 2012.