View Full Version : Logging out a user account

Granny Smith
19th August 2007, 11:41 AM
Just wondering if it's possible to configure my Mac so that it automatically logs out my user account after it's been idle for a specific period of time? Usually I remember to do it myself if I'm going out, but occasionally I'll leave it logged on, especially if I'm called away unexpectedly, or don't get back after a long lunch at the pub (etc).
Any tips?

19th August 2007, 11:47 AM
The closest I know of is getting your Mac to ask for a password to wake from screen saver or sleep (System Preferences -> Security) and then just set your screensaver and sleep timeouts appropriately (also handy for keeping open applications, well, open, for when you get back).

19th August 2007, 12:06 PM
iPirate is pretty much spot on.

No - there is nothing you can use - save maybe an automator action perhaps but otherwise the closest is a screensaver password.

For my Mac at work I have the screensaver set to password and a hot corner.

19th August 2007, 01:25 PM
In the Security Preference Pane you can set log out after so many minutes of inactivity. Have a look...

Granny Smith
19th August 2007, 03:48 PM
Thank you all - got it.

21st August 2007, 03:00 AM
Yet another possibility - though useful in non-idle situations: iWillQuit v1.2 (http://djodjodesign.free.fr/rightEN.html#iWillQuit).

(Appears to be a free download).