How to put a message on the Lion login screen
Mac Tip #500, 24 August 2011
Now when you log in to a Mac using Lion the screen has a grey background, a little round User photo and a space for the password. You can also easily add a message on that screen, if you know where to look. Here’s how.
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Can people see who owns your Mac?
Silly as it sounds for such a treasured possession, I have at least once in my life walked off and left my laptop behind in a cafe. It was in a bag by my seat and I just plain forgot it.
Luckily I remembered before too long and it was there waiting for me when I returned.
But what say the cafe owners had found it and wanted to return it to the rightful owner? A message on the login or lock screen could help them do that.
My MacBook Pro now carries a message that says:
This MacBook Pro belongs to Miraz Jordan, http://knowit.co.nz
Anyone can visit my site and find ways to contact me there.
Lion now has a place in the System Preferences where you can add a message with a simple click and some typing.
Security & Privacy settings
- Click on
Security & Privacyon the first line.
- Click on the
Generaltab. Settings relating to login and other tasks appear.
- If necessary, click the lock at bottom left of the window and enter an Admin username and password to unlock the settings.
- Check the box beside
Show a message when the screen is locked.
- Type a message in the message box.
- When you’re finished close the System Preferences.
Now when you log in to your Mac or if you lock the screen the message you entered will be displayed near the bottom of the screen.
What message do you use on your login screen?
My apologies for the poor quality photos of the login screens — it’s impossible to make a normal screenshot of those screens and I had to rely on my iPhone for the pictures.
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This Tip was written by Miraz Jordan, http://mactips.info, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.