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How do I get rid of the log-in window that now appears when I wake up my Mac?

Asked by gailcalled (54575points) December 2nd, 2008

Computer turned on automatically until my daughter kept plugging her Mac laptop into my DSL cable last week. Now there are lots of whiggy behaviors. I am the only user. I put it in sleep mode, hit any key, get a dark screen, then the bouncing beachball and then the log-in window.

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hearkat's avatar

I believe that is in the same box where you set the screen timeout and sleep options (Power or Energy)—there are tabs at the top of that dialog box… the setting to require a password when waking may be under the 2nd tab.

If not there, look in the security settings.
I’m on my iPhone with a kitty on my belly, so I can’t go check on my iMac… sorry!

fireside's avatar

Try this

# Open the System Preferences application. It is found in the Apple menu.
# Click on the “Accounts” icon in the System Preferences window.
# Click on the “Login Options” item in the list of accounts on the left side of the “Accounts” System Preferences window.
# Turn ON the “Automatically log in as” option.

However, both the link above and another suggest not using the auto-login for security reasons. just FYI

gailcalled's avatar

I have done all that, including your last step; “Automatically log in as” is turned on. Maybe if I restart the computer? It is simply irritating. And I know that I need to face getting a new computer with Leopard soon. This one is showing its age. (Aren’t we all?)

fireside's avatar

Yes, restart if you changed the settings.

Otherwise, try threatening it by placing a hammer on the desk…

gailcalled's avatar

By George, you got it. I checked the log-in settings, teased Milo with a fishing rod for a few minutes, thought about the hammer, restarted and whatya know? It worked.


fireside's avatar

The hammer always does it for me.

gailcalled's avatar

There is still so much I have to learn and never enough time. The Mac “Help” files are extremely unhelpful, I have discovered. And the spotlight is simply a joke.

My best friend is computer-illiterate; the only other occasional user is my daughter. Milo may be a risk soon; he is a very quick learner.

fireside's avatar

Maybe he did it so that you would spend a few minutes playing with the fishing rod…

gailcalled's avatar

Careful; he is reading this as I write.

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