How to customize the login screen of our Mac

The lock screen, like many areas and aspects of our Mac, allows some customization with which to leave it to our liking. Small details such as displaying users’ photos or a small message can be very welcome in environments, for example, with computers shared between several users.

User list, sleep and reset buttons or password reminders

The first section to which we will direct our attention to customize the login screen will be found in System Preferences . In this section we will be able to choose, for example, between showing or not the images of the users, showing the buttons for sleep off and restart and more options.

The steps to access these options are as follows:

  1. In the Apple menu () we choose System Preferences.
  2. We enter Users and groups.
  3. We touch the padlock that appears in the lower right part of the window.
  4. We introduce our user password and press Enter (↩︎).
  5. We tap Start Options.

Once here we have several options. Let’s see them in detail:

  • Show start window as:By default we will choose List of users , of which we will see their photos and user names. When you click them, you only need to enter the password to access. If we choose Name and password, no photo or user will appear. Each person must enter their name and password to start the session. This second option, which has an interesting aesthetic, does not allow you to see the list of registered users on the computer.
  • Show the Sleep, Restart and Shutdown buttons:As its name suggests, it allows us to show or hide these three buttons that appear at the bottom of the login screen.
  • Show the Keyboard menu in the login window:If we activate it, we will see the menu that allows changing the keyboard language, among other options. Useful mainly when we use several languages ​​for the users and their passwords.
  • Show password indications:With this option we can activate or deactivate the display of the “hint” of our password when we have entered it incorrectly several times.

So far the options that we can activate or deactivate. Since we are talking about the subject, and although it escapes the tutorial at hand, the option Show fast user change menu as it allows us, if we choose Account Name or Icon , considerably reduce the space it occupies in the menu bar , we can also disable it completely.

In the case of special needs, within Accessibility Options we will find how to activate Zoom, Voice Over, Accessibility keyboard, Easy key press, Slow keys and Mouse keys.

Show a message on the login screen

In addition to the options we have just seen, we can display a message on the login screen. The message will appear at the bottom , above the reset and shutdown buttons. To configure a message, the steps that we will follow are the following:

  1. In the Apple menu () we choose System Preferences.
  2. We enter Security and privacy.
  3. We enter the Generaltab .
  4. We activate Show a message when the screen is locked.
  5. We tap on Define message.
  6. We write the message we want to show.
  7. We click OK.


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Easy right? With these simple steps we can customize the login screen to better suit our tastes: from improving the security of the accounts that are registered on the computer to showing a funny message to colleagues at the office.

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