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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Logging in more quickly!

This is a tip that I found by accident that is so useful, but so simple. When you start up your Mac, if you don't have the automatic login, it will display a window with a list of all the accounts on that computer. At first, it doesn't look like there is a quick way of logging in using only the keyboard. It is not like a regular dialog box, so having the "Full Keyboard Access" for "All Controls" won't help. The truth is that it couldn't be easier. You simply have to press the first letter of the name of the account that you want to log into. It will highlight that specific account and you now have to press "Enter". You are then ready to enter your password as usual. This also works with the fast user switching login window.

20 Comments:

Blogger Lipwak said...

Here's an easier way. Never log out...

August 30, 2007 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

I've been doing this for years. I guess you're just covering your bases. Cheers!

August 31, 2007 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger v. james smith said...

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August 31, 2007 at 2:02 AM  
Blogger shalin said...

i have been doin this.but the problem i am facing is that,when i try to put my username and password the lanuguage becomes arabic.(I have to press tab which will take the cursor to password field and then again hit shift+tab to get back to username field)when i try to enter the username after doin the above excersise i am able to enter it in english.The setting in sys preferences:international:input menu is only U.S Extended.. can someone tel me how to avoid gettin this arabic input. pls.. thanks

August 31, 2007 at 2:31 AM  
Blogger Joannes said...

Been using this for years ;D

It's still kinda slow... Idk what it is with the Mac login window but it's horrible slow! :/

August 31, 2007 at 4:24 AM  
Blogger ailaG said...

I think taht the "full keyboard access" thing doesn't work there not because it's not a regular dialog box, but because that setting is per-user and that box isn't under any user with that setting (or any user at all)

August 31, 2007 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Turas said...

So much negativity,, sheesh. Cheers MacGeek, I'm an experienced user and still find your tips useful. All the best.

August 31, 2007 at 8:49 AM  
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August 31, 2007 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

I would agree with everybody who's said that they knew this already. Give the guy a break though. He has to come up with a tip every day. He has to have some bad ones. (Along with some good ones.) You might not have known this, but, not everybody does. They just pass by it whenever they log in.

However, what nobody's mentioned is that if you have two users which have the same first letter --Abigail and Aragorn -- then you can type the first two letters. "ar" instead of typing "a" and then scrolling down.

MacTipper
My Mac-Tipping Blog

August 31, 2007 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger bassChocolate said...

This is a great tip for me! Thanks! Keep them coming!

August 31, 2007 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Trey said...

I did not know this. A very good tip! Tell me more of the tips that very one knows.

August 31, 2007 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger ailaG said...

I'm a new mac user, a computer geek, and I didn't know about this tip..

So maybe people who've known tips for years are a different (and harder to please) audience than ones like me who didn't have years with a mac. So if this blog tries to please THEM, then WE're left behind.

(again, I'm not talking tech dummies - as I've been programming since I was 7, in 1988 - I'm talking mac newbies) (well, actually, in 1988 I had an Apple ][ but you know what I mean)

August 31, 2007 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger joecab said...

I've always just typed the down arrow key once or twice to access the account I want

August 31, 2007 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

My gosh, seems like you all need to take a deep breath. If this is a frustration to you, and you need to save a nano second, I hope you are never behind me on the highway.

August 31, 2007 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

My gosh, seems like you all need to take a deep breath. If this is a frustration to you, and you need to save a nano second, I hope you are never behind me on the highway.

August 31, 2007 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

hi this tip reminded me how to turn on fast switching back on- keep up the good conversation starters

August 31, 2007 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Laurie Lewin said...

Many thanks for the tips from all of you great people who bother to post them. The good stuff will come back to you in some way, shape or form in the future! All the best
Laurie

September 1, 2007 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Hazel said...

What is automatic log in please. And how does never logging out work - I never do, but every time I shut my laptop down it logs me out.

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