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Panther's Fast User Switching is a great feature, but it's flawed by a glaringly bad UI design: the menu displays your long user name, taking up a huge amount of valuable right-hand-side menu bar real estate. Enter WinSwitch, which came out a couple of days ago and has already been updated to version 1.2.

This is the best replacement for Apple's user menu yet. It allows you to show a narrow icon in the menu bar, or the custom picture of the current user; or for those so inclined, the short or long forms of the username. It faithfully replicates the rest of the functionality of Apple's version, while fixing a couple of bugs in their implementation and adding a shortcut to the Accounts pane in the System Preferences.

WinSwitch is free/donationware, comes with an easy-to-use installer, and is open source to boot. A must have for anyone who uses Fast User Switching. It seems Apple would be crazy not to roll this into the next major release of Mac OS X.

[robg adds: Remember my comment in the above LaunchBar iTunes hint about launchers, etc.? Here's an example of why I love Butler -- my fast user switching is now on a hot key that I created (cmd-ctrl-F) and it pops up under the cursor whenever I hit that key combo. Set up this way, it takes no menu space at all. WinSwitch, though, definitely does the job and is a nice advance over Apple's design if you're looking for a standalone solution.]
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Breaks "hidden" users...
Authored by: Loren on Apr 05, '04 11:17:43AM
WinSwitch shows all users in it's menu. Even ones hidden by this hint.

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No, it does NOT break "hidden" users...
Authored by: ClassicUser on Apr 06, '04 11:51:05PM

If you check the source, as well as the documentation included with WinSwitch, you'll see that the author specifically suppresses any users with UIDs < 500.

And, with version 1.2, it no longer displays users on a local NetInfo network, but only the users defined on the _local_ system. Exactly as desired.

In all, WinSwitch is a PERFECT implementation of Fast User Switching, with more-logical display options in effect. It's great to see developers doing such a great job, and even improving on Apple's implementation.



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FUS++
Authored by: mzs on Apr 05, '04 01:08:42PM
I use FUS++ (Enhanced Fast User Switching) instead of the Apple supplied one. The only thing I wish FUS++ did was allow me to drag it into a differnt position on the menu bar. Can this replacement do that?

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Yes, it does
Authored by: hamarkus on Apr 05, '04 02:06:17PM

Yes, it does, you can place it everywhere on the right side.



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FUS++
Authored by: Chas. Schoenfeld on Apr 06, '04 10:16:19AM

WinSwitch is actually an updated version of FUS++, with a name change. It used the FUS++ code as a starting point.



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Reduce Fast User Switching's menubar space usage
Authored by: gdsimms on Apr 05, '04 02:05:18PM

My problem with Butler's FUS is that if I switch to a user who doesn't have Butler running, there is no way to get back without either starting Butler (+wait five minutes for app scan) or opening System Preferences and turning on the default Apple FUS.

I want something system wide, not user based.



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Reduce Fast User Switching's menubar space usage
Authored by: hamarkus on Apr 05, '04 02:08:15PM

WinSwitch also has to be activated by each user, but only once, then it will always run.



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Reduce Fast User Switching's menubar space usage
Authored by: gdsimms on Apr 05, '04 02:46:23PM

My problem is that I have a volatile account for testing which always exists but I periodically purge the user's whole home directory. That "user," more often than not logs on to a state where only the truly system wide preferences are in effect.



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Another software for this:
Authored by: hamarkus on Apr 05, '04 02:14:01PM

Switchit basically does the same thing, and it allows you to hide users:
http://www.stickdemon.com/~xpander/?page=switchit



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Reduce Fast User Switching's menubar space usage
Authored by: gilburns on Apr 05, '04 09:25:03PM
The latest version of You Control will do this and more

http://www.yousoftware.com

You Control allow you to create custom menus. Very cool stuff



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Reduce Fast User Switching's menubar space usage
Authored by: tobobo on Apr 12, '04 10:24:11AM
there's a konfabulator widget that does this, when you click on it it pops up a menu with your users. You have the option to switch to the user you select, or go to the login screen.

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