If your Mac is set up to require a password when being awoke from sleep or the screen saver is it possible to log in as a different user? If so how?


If you enable "Show fast user switching menu" in System Preferences → Accounts, then the lock screen gains a new button "Switch User..." which will take you to the login screen.

On Mac OS X Snow Leopard and previous, the Switch User button appears on the password dialog:

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Switch User button

On Mac OS X Lion, the button appears at the bottom of the screen:

Mac OS X Lion Switch User button

  • Thanks! That's what I thought but had to look a bit harder for it in Lion. It's no longer in the dialog as you've shown. It's now at the bottom of the lock screen. – Meltemi Aug 23 '11 at 6:08
  • Ah, so you're right. I don't have Lion so I didn't know they moved it. I added that detail to my answer, thanks! – Stephen Jennings Aug 23 '11 at 13:53
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    FYI- there is a related bug in Mountain Lion if there is only one Local user account and a Network user wants to log in from the lock screen. – Meltemi Feb 6 '13 at 23:37

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