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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet Apps
Here's a quick tip. It seems that the Fast User switching menulet in the menu bar is just that, a menulet. You can, as with all menulets, drag and re-arrange it in order, or, if you want to disable it, just drag it off the menu and your fast-user switching is no longer GUI accessible. You can re-enable it by going to Accounts and Login Options.

[robg adds: While testing this one, I was somewhat surprised to find that this week's Pick of the Week, MenuMeters, runs each of its tasks as a separate menulet -- I was able to drop my fast user switching username right in the middle of the four MenuMeters (as well as move each MenuMeter to its own spot on the toolbar).]
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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: harmless on Oct 28, '03 03:34:24AM

Good.

Now we just need another way to switch user accounts. :)


bye. Andreas.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: parakleta on Oct 28, '03 03:05:32PM

What you can do is make an alias to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/User.menu and then when you open that file it will put the menu up, and then you can just command drag when you're done with it.

Ok, so not perfect, but an ok interim.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: zokdok on Oct 28, '03 04:06:20AM

is there a hint in which someone has found a way to change the text of the fast user switching menu? I would rather have a nice little icon (user image) or an alternate way of switching....

I have a pretty long name and just a small 12" screen..... so it's awfully crowded up there...



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: Curlywee on Oct 28, '03 05:42:32AM

As a stopgap to save menu space you can always shorten your username in the Accounts preference. By default Panther showed my full name here but I've since shortened it.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: tedlandis on Oct 28, '03 11:15:46PM

So have I, and dropped last names, but what is really needed is a "nickname" in addresses that could be used for this and for iChat. I found the Nickname field (adding it from the Addresses/Preferences/Template) but it doesn't get used anywhere that I can find.



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Replace name with icon for Fast User Switching
Authored by: hamarkus on Mar 30, '04 05:59:49AM

The freeware WinSwitch (http://winswitch.wincent.com/index.html) allows you to replace the (long) username in the menubar, used for Fast User Switching, with a small icon.

Remember to double-click on the MenuCracker.menu and WinSwitch.menu in /Library/MenuExtras to accivate it for any additional user (for the user who installed it, it appears automatically in the menu bar).

The software is based on Fuse, for those who know it.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: luhmann on Oct 28, '03 09:24:27AM

I had to disable it because it took up half the menu bar on my iBook. I don't want to change my user name in the accounts - I just want to hack this so that it displays only my initials or something like that...



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: dmmorse on Oct 28, '03 10:33:16AM

Look in /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras for the full list of Apple-provided menu extras



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: elmer-12 on Oct 28, '03 01:06:25PM

Thanks - I didn't even know you could drag menulets around! (It's Cmd-drag for those like me)



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: MVasilakis on Oct 28, '03 05:16:26PM

Anyway to set the computer to switch to another user after a certain amount of inactivity? (In addition to putting the monitor to sleep)

I want my sister or brother in laws to be able to access the Guest account whenever but I never remember to switch to the guest account. If I enable the screensaver they cant login without my password.

I would like the computer to switch to guest and put the monitor to sleep after 5 min.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: viscaria on Oct 28, '03 10:39:04PM

In the screensaver dialouge they can just click Switch User... in order to get to the login screen.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: MVasilakis on Oct 28, '03 05:17:31PM

Anyway to set the computer to switch to another user after a certain amount of inactivity? (In addition to putting the monitor to sleep)

I want my sister or brother in laws to be able to access the Guest account whenever but I never remember to switch to the guest account. If I enable the screensaver they cant login without my password.

I would like the computer to switch to guest and put the monitor to sleep after 5 min.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: PsiPhi on Oct 28, '03 06:21:47PM

I'm sure that could be done with AppleScript but...

On my machine there is a "Switch User" (bottom left-most) button on the password prompt that comes up to unlock the screensaver. That window rotates out and the login window rotates in (just like switching users). In fact, if you then "re-login" as yourself, it rotates back to the unlock-the-screensaver prompt and you have to "re-re-login". Pretty cool.

Is that not available to you? If not, it could be a setting I could hunt down for you.

Hmm... or does it just not allow you to switch to a guest account? I don't have a guest account on my laptop - too paranoid I guess. ;)



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: PsiPhi on Oct 28, '03 06:26:54PM

And, oh yeah - the exact same behavior is exhibited on wake from sleep. Just set your machine to go to sleep after whatever amount of time you like and -- if you have the "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver" option in the Security control panel on -- anyone should be able to access their account from your screen saver or your sleeping account.

Of course...

There's also the "Log out after xx minutes of activity" preference in the same place... Maybe that's more your style.



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10.3: Fast user switching is just another menulet
Authored by: MVasilakis on Nov 07, '03 09:52:57AM

Thanks, I did notice the option to switch users after the screensaver prompt comes up. That might do it for me.
Just need to keep it simple for non mac users.

I also set up the Guest account on my laptop for one reason. If the laptop gets stolen it will give the user limited access to the machine. Hopefully negating the necesity to reformat for a short time. If and when the laptop is connects to the internet DYNDNS lets me know the IP of the machine. Fomr there I can SSH in and I can find out who the hell has my computer :)



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