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Here's the set-up: You're standing around outside and you're minding your own business, and a large porridge bird lays its egg in the air, as they do. The egg drops on your skull, and the injury causes you to forget your log-in password. So, how do you create a new one? Like so. First step, is to go to the Apple menu, and Restart your Mac. When the Mac restarts, hold down the Cmd and R key. This boots your Mac into recover HD mode, where you can perform a number of tasks, including running disk first aid on your usual startup drive.
But we don't want to do that. Instead, we're going to go to the Utilities menu and choose Terminal. In the Terminal window that appears, type reset password, all jammed together. And then press the Return key. When you do that, the Reset Password window appears. In this window, select your Macintosh HD, so your startup drive. And then choose the user whose account you want to reset. Then enter a new password. Reenter that password.
And if you like, you can enter a hint. Once that's done, just click on save. You'll see that the password has been reset. Click OK. Now, just restart your Mac and your Mac will boot from the log-in screen, where you can select that account and enter the new password.
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