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Resetting your login password

From: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Tips and Tricks

Video: Resetting your login password

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.

Resetting your login password

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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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Tips and Tricks

42 video lessons · 7155 viewers

Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
  2. 50m 50s
    1. Creating smarter Smart Mailboxes
      7m 47s
    2. The ins and outs of Mail signatures
      5m 14s
    3. Archiving your old email
      4m 54s
    4. All about Mail filtering
      8m 59s
    5. Advanced Mail filtering
      3m 29s
    6. Rebuilding your mailboxes
      2m 7s
    7. Working with attachments
      6m 21s
    8. Configuring advanced account settings
      4m 42s
    9. Useful Mail add-ons
      7m 17s
  3. 27m 24s
    1. Exporting your calendars
      4m 55s
    2. Configuring calendar alerts
      3m 54s
    3. Creating calendar invitations
      6m 22s
    4. About time-zone support
      4m 3s
    5. How to share and delegate calendars
      3m 49s
    6. Publishing and subscribing to calendars
      4m 21s
  4. 16m 17s
    1. Importing and archiving contacts
      4m 12s
    2. Syncing Google contacts
      2m 25s
    3. Changing the contact template
      2m 57s
    4. Hidden tricks within contact headings
      2m 6s
    5. Uses for Smart Groups
      4m 37s
  5. 33m 28s
    1. Zooming tricks
      5m 27s
    2. Caps lock begone!
      2m 18s
    3. Scheduling start-up and shutdown
      3m 23s
    4. Copying files via Bluetooth
      2m 54s
    5. About Target Disk mode
      2m 24s
    6. Working with group accounts
      4m 50s
    7. Using a remote disc
      2m 8s
    8. Creating the 24-hour clock
      2m 54s
    9. Creating the private Mac
      7m 10s
  6. 21m 5s
    1. Useful Smart Folders
      6m 31s
    2. Hidden tricks of menu bar icons
      3m 6s
    3. Creating password-protected archives
      4m 12s
    4. Inside the Info window
      5m 48s
    5. Locating locally stored iCloud files
      1m 28s
  7. 17m 51s
    1. Forcing a stubborn Trash to empty
      4m 28s
    2. Create a bootable installer drive
      3m 42s
    3. Making a redundant Time Machine backup
      2m 13s
    4. Activity Monitor as a diagnostic tool
      4m 3s
    5. Repairing your keychain
      1m 48s
    6. Resetting your login password
      1m 37s
  8. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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