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I found where to require a password when "waking" the computer from sleeping, but can't find the option for a password when powering up from being off. I work at a fire station and often leave when other people are here and would like a power on password like I had on my previous laptop. is there such a thing and where would I find it?? Thanks!

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Go to System Preferences -> Accounts. At the bottom of the left column showing the accounts is a "Login Options" button. Click it and change "automatic login" to off.
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I am a bit confused about exactly when you want to have to enter a password. If you want to enter the password at the login screen go into System Preferences and select the "Accounts" preference pane. Make sure that none of the accounts are set to automatically login.

It is also possible to require a password even earlier in the startup process. This is often referred to as an Open Firmware Password (sometimes Firmware Password Protection on the Intel Macs). See Setting up firmware password protection in Mac OS X for directions and possible drawbacks.

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I'll try the "accounts" preference pane. I simply want to require a password when turning the computer on when it's off or sleeping. Thanks for the help

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That's fine for most situations. I believe the settings to require a password upon wakeup or screensaver activation are in the Security preference pane.

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Yea I already had the password upon wakeup set, and thanks to your above post I found how to set a password for when the computer is turned on (from being powered off). Thanks!!!

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