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WinSwitch did a superb job with its new Fast User Switching feature in Panther (Mac OS X 10.3), but for users with long names, the associated menu item is a terrible waste of precious Menu Bar real estate.
  • Access the feature through a compact, icon-sized Menu Bar icon.
  • Closely matches the performance and style of the Apple-provided menu, but without all the bulk.
  • In fact, it even corrects some problems with Apple's menu by eliminating certain "daemon" users which shouldn't show up in the list, and by improving the alignment of user icons in the menu.
  • WinSwitch gives you rapid access to the more...

What's New

Version 3.2.1:
  • fixes a crashing issue on launch.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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John-Sawyer-CJS Member IconComment+86
John-Sawyer-CJS
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Winswitch 3.2.1 doesn't work under OS 10.5--it shows in the menu bar, but it lists no user accounts.

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Version 3.2.1
Espirit
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Under 10.5 you can change the appearance of the Fast User Switch icon in the menubar within the Accounts preference pane without any 3rd party software.

When you go to the accounts panel, simply click "Login Options", check the "Enable fast user switching" box, then selection the view method you want from the drop-down menu below the box.

The choices are Full Name, Short Name, and Icon only, so its not quite as customizable as WinSwitch, but it performs the same basic features w/o any extra software.

Espirit
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Under 10.5 you can change the appearance of the Fast User Switch icon in the menubar within the Accounts preference pane without any 3rd party software.

When you go to the accounts panel, simply click "Login Options", check the "Enable fast user switching" box, then selection the view method you want from the drop-down menu below the box.

The choices are Full Name, Short Name, and Icon only, so its not quite as customizable as WinSwitch, but it performs the same basic features w/o any extra software.

Roadhog7 Member IconComment+0
Roadhog7
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On my iMac/Intel the System Preferences/Security feature of "Requiring a password to wake computer from sleep or screen saver" does not work when using WinSwitch.
After removing WinSwitch and resetting User Login then re-starting my iMac the Security worked.

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Version 3.2.1
cruzdrew Member IconComment+2
cruzdrew
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In accounts in system prefereces you can switch enable fast user switching to icon

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Version 3.2b
Gee4orce Member IconComment+2
Gee4orce
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Feature suggestion: It would be great if the menu could show the number of unread emails in Mail; that way I can avoid switching accounts just to 'check my email'.

...a hack to display this on the login screen would be fantastic too !

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Version 3.2b
semiotek Member IconComment+5
semiotek
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The disadvantage with the way iTunes used to work was that you had to remember to quit it when logging in to another account, or else it couldn't be opened in that account. Personally, I prefer it as it is now.

Anyhow, it's nothing to do with WinSwitch.

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Version 3.2b
TWISTER-MCS Member IconComment+0
TWISTER-MCS
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I'd like to see a key command to switch from all accounts

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Version 3.2b
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I wanted to check WinSwitch to see if it fixed my biggest complaint with Tiger's Fast User Switching, which is the way it interrupts iTunes playback when switching accounts, something that didn't happen in Panther and definitely not what I expect to happen if I'm in the middle of listening to a song and my girlfriend decides to user her account.

Anyway, here's for adding a preference for iTunes to keep playing when switching accounts in the next version! :-)

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Version 3.1
Robo-X
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That was the stupidest feature in earlier versions of MacOS X when using fast user switch and iTunes. When I switch accounts I want to be able to use iTunes on the new account and hear my songs and not somebody else music which I can't turn off.

I am glad this BUG was fixed in Tiger.

//Rob

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Anonymous
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Excellent. Works in my bilingual family (Spanish/English) perfectly. My thanks to the developer.

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Version 3.1
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Anonymous
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My only problem with this application is that it should be possible to install it without an installer, simply by dragging it into ~/Library/Menu Extras. Especially annoying is the way it forces all your other menu extras to restart...

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Version 3.1
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Anonymous
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Excellent Programme

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Version 3.1
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Date 04 Apr 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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