How to enable fast user switching in macos

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:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. .
  2. In System Preferences, from the View menu, select Users & Groups (Mac OS X 10.7 and later) or Accounts (Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier).
  3. If the padlock in the bottom left-hand corner of the window is closed, click it and authenticate with your administrator login information.
  4. On the bottom left side of the window, click Login Options .
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To access the first account, or to log into a different account, repeat steps 6 and 7, selecting the appropriate account.

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