Change your account password: Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and 10.7 (Lion)

Follow these steps to change your account password for your computer:

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. In the System Preferences window, click the Accounts (10.6) or Users & Groups (10.7) icon in the fourth row, highlighted in the following graphic:
    accounts gif
  3. You will see the Accounts (or Users & Groups) window, which should look similar to the following:
    accounts window
  4. If the lock icon in the lower-left hand side of the window is locked, click it to unlock it.
  5. In the left-hand column of the window, choose the account you want to modify.
  6. Click Change Password on the right-hand side of the window (to the right of your avatar—in this case, a cat).
  7. The Accounts (or Users & Groups) window should now look similar to the following:
    change password
  8. Type your current password, a new password, a password hint (optional), and then click Change Password.
  9. Close the window.