How to Set a Mac to Log out Automatically

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Keep your Mac password protected and safe from prying eyes when your computer is idle. You can easily set up your Mac OS X computer to automatically log-off after a predetermined period of time.

  • In the Mac OS X Finder or Desktop, select the Apple Menu in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. Select "System Preferences" and release your mouse/trackpad to launch the "System Preferences" application.

  • Single click the "Security" icon in "System Preferences" to launch the "Security" preferences.

  • Click the "Log Out After" checkbox in the "General" tab of the "Security" preferences.

  • Input, using your number keys or the time toggle bar, the amount of time, in minutes, before your Mac will automatically log out after inactivity. Close the System Preferences.

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