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Steve Herrod
Steve Herrod, Mac Support Specialist
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I have an Apple MAC OS and have over 50 User Accounts installed

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I have an Apple MAC OS and have over 50 User Accounts installed on it.
I would like to change the System Preferences (i.e. Notifications, Dock etc) for all of them at once. All should have the same settings. How can i do this ?

Steve Herrod :

Hi, I'll be happy to help - can you let me know if this is a standalone Apple system or is it connected to any servers (for example, a Windows domain).

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Are the 50 users grouped in any way or just unique individuals

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Let me know and I'll be able to advise further

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Cheers

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Steve

Customer:

Hi Steve, standalone on a Mac Pro. Not Grouped. Unique individuals.

Steve Herrod :

Thanks - will work on a few solutions

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There may be a few ways to approach this

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Is there one account currently which is configured the way you want it to be for the other 49 accounts?

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or however many other accounts there are?

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If so, once you have an account which is configured as you need the others you can do this for the dock

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Open /Users -> your_user -> Library -> Preferences

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find this file

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com.apple.dock.plist

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and copy it to the desktop

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then move it to a shared folder where any user can access it

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you then need to copy it to each of the different users, Library/Preferences folder

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and amend the permissions so that each user is the owner of the respective file

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Then when you login as each user their dock should display the same as the original user

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have tried it here and works well

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if that works correctly for you on the dock then you can do the same procedure for the other preference files which are in the User/Library/Preference folder

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so long as the ownership permission is amended each time that should allow you to get to where you need to be

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Let me know

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Cheers

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