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10.5: Start iChat without auto-login Apps
I have auto-login enabled for my iChat accounts, and yet sometimes I start iChat wanting only some of the accounts to go online. Instead of quickly logging off those accounts I don't want logged in, I hold down the Shift key while iChat is starting. This disables auto-login for that session only -- the general preference is still intact, and the next time you start iChat (without using the Shift key), your accounts will auto-login as normal.
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10.5: Start iChat without auto-login
Authored by: allanBook on Nov 26, '08 09:07:05AM

So simple, yet so useful.

Thank you for sharing!

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10.5: Start iChat without auto-login
Authored by: horhey23 on Nov 26, '08 11:50:26AM

Wow, handy tip!

Why Apple doesn't document stuff like this is very weird — long love Mac OSX Hints!



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10.5: Start iChat without auto-login
Authored by: geoffliang on Nov 27, '08 05:05:38AM

speaking of holding shift, the same works for preventing auto login to user account. And as you are logging in — prevent start up items.

any other apps that use this shift to prevent an automatic startup or login?



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10.5: Start iChat without auto-login
Authored by: jervidalo on Nov 27, '08 09:37:37AM

This works in Adium as well.



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10.5: Start iChat without auto-login
Authored by: ignobilitor on Nov 30, '08 07:47:19PM

Also works with Adium.



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