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Temporarily disable automatic login
Authored by: M-3 on Apr 25, '11 10:34:26AM

Holding shift boots OSX in safe mode so it disables quite a few things (as detailed at the link below) including:

" can't use DVD Player, capture video in iMovie, use audio input or output devices, or use an internal or external USB modem. The behavior of some devices such as an AirPort card may vary depending on computer and Mac OS X version.

Safe Mode in Mac OS X v10.5 or later also disables Quartz Extreme (hardware accelerated graphics). Applications that depend on Quartz Extreme will not open, and the Mac OS X menu bar will appear solid even if "Translucent Menu Bar" is enabled in Desktop & Screen Saver preferences.

Safe Mode in Mac OS X v10.6 or later also disables File Sharing access. This means you will not be able to mount Time Capsule disks or volumes being served by other computers running Mac OS X."

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Temporarily disable automatic login
Authored by: stepwallace on Apr 25, '11 06:25:25PM
Actually the hint is correct when it says ““You just need to press and hold the Shift key during the boot ONLY when the Blue screen appears. It will disable autologin and you can choose between your accounts.”. The timing of when you push shift does different things in the startup process.
  • Holding shift from approximately the "Chime" will boot you into safe mode.
  • Holding shift from the blue screen will temporarily disable autologin.
  • Holding shift from immediately after login will disable login items.
I can't see this feature documented in any of apple's externally available support documentation.

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