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    How to delete 'Share Only Folder' user account?
    Hi,

    As shown in the picture, how do I delete the 'House File Sharing' account? I have tried command + delete and double tap but to no success.
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    A user account is deleted from the same place it was created, the 'Users & Groups' preference pane - not from the 'Sharing' preference pane.
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    I went into system preferences -> Users & Groups but can only see 1) Admin User account and 2) Guest User account. I do not see 'House File Sharing' user account that I was expecting.

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    Then it is not a "user account".

    If it is only a shared folder, go back to the screen prior to that one, which would be where you added the folder to share - highlight it in the 'Shared' box and click the - button below.
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    How to Delete Windows File Sharing Account on Mac?
    Hi,

    1. I went into System Preferences then Users and Groups

    2. Unlocked the padlock by typing my password in

    3. Clicked the + button so that I can add another user account

    4. In the top field- I selected 'Sharing Only' and filled out the rest of the fields (account name, password) accordingly

    5. In effect, this has created a new user account as shown in one the attached photo. I created two accounts which I named 1) Home File Sharing and 2) Testing Echo.

    I want to get rid of these accounts.

    I have tried command + delete and also tried 'EasyFind' app to search for it and delete but to no success. Not to suck up to the person who provides me a solution for this but whoever can help is beyond 'Genius' because I have brought it into Genius Bar but they had no knowledge on how to do it.
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    Already provided the answer the first time you asked the question - here.

    Furthermore, once it's been deleted on the previous screen, it's deleted. Can't answer why it still appears on that screen - bug in the software - maybe you can report it to Apple.
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    From my interpretations

    Go back to the 'User and Groups' in systems preference

    Highlight it in the shared box? Where's the shared box?

    Or do you mean 'Sharing' in systems preference?

    Are we talking about the same thing? I want to completely delete the 'House File Sharing' and 'Testing Echo' folder. Not just uncheck it from a box
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    It could be a bug, or it could be a limitation of the OS.... or it could be me not doing something correctly. Then again, two of the reps at Genius Bar did not know how to delete the folder, or whatever you may call them. There's no options to delete it. It's strange.

    Anyone else is welcomed to try it. Ie. Add a sharing only account/folder and see if you can delete it. It doesn't cause any problems to the computer....it's just annoying.

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    Don't do this if this is an actual user account created in Users & Groups

    Only try it if the Hung account was also created in the Sharing preference.

    Try opening Terminal - copy/paste the following:

    Code:
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    press enter
    then type your account password - you will not see it being typed on the screen

    see if it deletes that account
    it won't work on the other 2
    Last edited by bobtomay; 05-24-2014 at 10:45 AM.
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    I'm now on my brother's PC

    I cant even log back onto my account

    My user account is deleted. Please help.

    I can only log into the Guest account. I hope that didn't permanently erase my user account. I have so many files saved on there. I did not back up my files
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    K, guess I didnt follow instructions properly. Is there a way around this??

    Does Apple have 24 hour phone support?

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    Ok, here you go...

    Open Finder - go to System / Library / Core Services / Directory Utility and open that app

    Click on the "Directory Editor" option at the top of the window

    In the 'Viewing' drop down - top left - make sure you have selected 'Users'

    Go through the list - highlight the 'House File Sharing' account

    click on the minus button below


    And don't create any more user accounts in the Sharing pref pane...
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    Thanks for the solution to my first question....

    Is there a way to resolve the second problem? :/

    Dreaded question but I probably have no other option than to restore to factory default right? In other words, I cant restore my User account?
    If so, does this have any implications on the re-install?
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    I have never deleted a user account - and no backup at all - no Time Machine backup?
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    Unfortunately..no

    Or maybe when I re-install OSX it may give me an option to restore that user account?


    Or...I guess...reboot my computer and press the command and R?
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