I am essentially looking to 'reformat' my user account on my mac. By reformat, I'm trying to basically reset the account to how it started when it was created - blank. One way of accomplishing this is to delete the account, and then recreate it. Is there another alternative, that just lets me 'reset' the account?
I think your method is the easiest way to reset the user. I recommend to create a new user an switch to this user. So you still have some old settings / files / passwords and so on.
Here's a simple way to hack this:
The default user profile is located at /System/Library/User Template/English.lproj. On the command line, and NOT while logged in as yourself (either connect via SSH remotely while logged out or use a different administrator account):
Remove your existing account with
then copy the template back with
and finally chown the copied account back to your user with
You'll need to be root for this, so either