OS X Mavericks: How to add a note to your login screen

This is a great trick for Mac users, particularly road warriors toting their MacBook Air across the planet -- it lets you put your own personal message on the login screen in Mavericks.

How to add a note to your login screen

It's really simple

This feature is baked inside OS X. How might you use it?

  • You might want to leave a reminder to others on a shared machine to access their own User account;
  • You might want to leave a company name and number
  • You might want to leave a contact number with a request to return your Mac if it is lost or stolen.
How to add a note to your login screen

What you do with this tip is up to you, but here's how to go about setting your own custom message on your login screen:

  • Launch System Preferences and select Security & Privacy.
  • Scan down the list of options in the General tab, and tick "Show a message when the screen is locked". If this feature is greyed out then you'll need to click the padlock icon at the lower left of the Security & Privacy window to unlock these settings).
  • Now you've checked the box you should click "Set Lock Message." A text input box appears in which you can create the message you want visible on your login screen. Click OK.

In the future, your message will appear on the lock screen.

I hope you enjoy using this tip.

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