How to Setup Automatic Login on a Mac

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When there are multiple active accounts on a Mac computer, the system will default to the main login screen whenever the computer starts up. However, there are situations in which a user will want to automatically log in to a specific account, and this feature is built into the latest version of Apple's Mac OS X operating system. This article explains how to setup automatic login on a Mac with a designated account.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac running OS X 10.5 or later

How to Setup Automatic Login on a Mac

  • Log in to your computer with an account that has administrator privileges.

  • Open System Preferences by clicking on the dock icon.

  • Choose the "Accounts" control panel under the "System" category.

  • Click on the lock in the lower left corner of the screen and enter your administrator username and password.

  • Click on the "Login Options" button

  • From the "Automatic login" drop-down menu, choose the account you want to automatically log into. The next time the computer is restarted, the designated account will be automatically logged in.

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