How to Access System Administrator on Apple OS X


When you need to change the configuration or system functions of your Mac computer, you can log on to your computer and access System Administrator on an Apple running OS X. You must log in as the administrator in order to make modifications to the system.

  • Locate the Apple menu on your computer screen. Look for an apple-shaped image on the top left of your computer screen.

  • Click on the Apple menu so that it's menu contents become visible.

  • Highlight and click on "Log Out."

  • Allow your Apple computer to log your current account out of the system.

  • Select the Administrator account when prompted to log in again.

  • Enter the Administrator's password and log into your Apple computer with Administrator capability.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect your Administrator account by making its password difficult to guess and changing the configuration so that the Administrator account is not the default account when someone turns your Apple computer on.
  • If you forget your Administrator password, insert your system install disk and hold down the "c" key while rebooting. Choose "Reset Password" when prompted.
  • Limit how many Administrator accounts you have on your computer for added security.
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