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Using Fast User Switching
To ease access to a computer by multiple people, Tiger includes fast user switching. By default, if you've added multiple user accounts to your computer (see Chapter 8 for information), you have to close your applications and then choose Log Out from the Apple menu to allow another user to access the system. In Tiger, fast user switching can preserve your current desktop, let another user log in and use his account, and then return you to where you left off.
To enable fast user switching, open the Accounts system preferences pane, authenticate by clicking the lock icon in the lower-left corner, and then click the Login Options button. Your screen should resemble Figure 1.46.
Figure 1.46. Enable fast user switching.
Click the Enable Fast User Switching check box and choose how you would like to the switching menu to appear in the menu bar (as the current user's name, short name, or just an icon).
A menu item will appear in the upper-right corner of the menu bar the switching menu, directly to the left of Spotlight. Clicking the menu reveals a list of local user accounts with login enabled along with a Login Window option. Choosing a user's name prompts for that user's login information and then switches to the user's desktop. Choosing the Login Window selection leaves your applications running but displays the login window, allowing other users to log in without disrupting your workspace.
User accounts that are active (that is, have running applications) are denoted with an orange check mark in front of their name in the switching menu and the login screen, as shown in Figure 1.47. Switching to an active account is almost instantaneous.
Figure 1.47. Active sessions are denoted by an orange check mark in the switching menu and login screen.
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