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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account System
On my home computer, I usually have to switch from one of my childrens' accounts to mine, as they forget to log off. I have found a way to log off their accounts, and log onto mine at around the same speed it would take to just use Fast User Switching.

Firstly go to the Log Off Dialog box (I usually use Shift-Command-Q, but you can go to the Apple menu and click Log Off). Next go to the Fast User Switching drop-down menu, and select the user you want to login as. Type in the password for the user and press Enter. It takes one or two seconds to switch, so during that time, click the Log Off button in the dialog box. Even if you don't have time to press Log Off, the user will log off after 120 seconds automatically even on the new user.

There you go, you have logged off the old user and logged on to the new user just as fast as using Fast User Switching.
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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: Loren on Aug 25, '06 08:05:42AM

Why bother with trying to time it correctly to click OK on the logoff screen in those 2 seconds you have. It will log them off automatically anyway. You can just choose logoff and during the 2 minute countdown, do the fast user switch.

But why log them off at all? No harm in them being logged in and it will let them switch to their own accounts faster than logging on new each time.



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: Coumerelli on Aug 25, '06 11:54:21AM

one word: resources. It cost in RAM and processor to keep all those programs/processes running in the background. Granted, if you've maxed out your G5 or MacPro with 16GB of RAM, then I wouldn't worry ;).

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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: scotty321 on Aug 25, '06 10:01:36AM

This is kind of a cool phenomenon that I had never thought of before, but doesn't this defeat the purpose of having Fast User Switching turned on in the first place? If you're always going to be logging out of one account and logging into another, why not just leave Fast User Switching turned off altogether?



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: j-beda on Aug 25, '06 10:09:18AM

It is faster to switch than to log off, particularly if there are a number of open applications that need to close.

A limitation of this method is that if the log-off stalls due to some application not quitting, then the logoff iwll not occur.



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: Peter Maurer on Aug 26, '06 03:09:16PM

You don't actually turn off Fast User Switching by disabling the respective menu extra. OS X's wording is somewhat misleading with regard to that setting.

So if the original poster isn't short of menu bar space, there really isn't any reason to "leave Fast User Switching turned off".



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: rocketmac on Aug 25, '06 12:08:53PM

This is pretty good. Some ask why you would need to log out. Take a look at the Activity Monitor of the applications being used by the other user. Resources are being eaten.



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: ob1cannoli on Aug 25, '06 12:54:43PM

combine this with butler and you can put a keypress to it.
add a butler action for FUS and give it some random trigger,
then do a keystroke one that combines apple-shift-Q, a short 2 second delay, and then your trigger for FUS...
just a thought...



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Aug 25, '06 02:14:42PM

some people are asking "why log out?"

well, if I want to shut down or restart - and there are other users logged in, i want to log out of my current account, log into the other user and save their files before logging out of their account.

on my desktop machine, i use an admin account and a general day-to-day user account, so this is hint is going to be really useful.

On the dialogue box which appears when you try to restart / shutdown when other users are logged in, you have an option to just kill the other users, or do a fast user switch. it always bugs me that doing the fast user switch leaves you current account logged in. should report this as a bug to apple, really.



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: skrawcke on Aug 25, '06 03:26:54PM

Why don't you go into the security system preferences and put a check into the "Log out after X minutes of inactivity" and it will log you out automatically.



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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: bugmenot on Aug 25, '06 11:02:23PM
well, if I want to shut down or restart - and there are other users logged in, i want to log out of my current account, log into the other user and save their files before logging out of their account.
That's why I always shutdown with
sudo shutdown -h now

and researt with
sudo shutdown -r now

from Terminal.app (give your login password when it asks - I suppose you need to be an administrator of the machine).

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Fast User Switch while logging out of prior account
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 26, '06 04:04:12PM

Just choosing shut down when other users are logged in will ask for your password, and then kill the other users and shut down.

It's a lot less typing then in the terminal...

But either way if the users have any open unsaved documents, you just made them loose their work.

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