Known Issue: Your account doesn't allow editing on a Mac

Some users reported receiving the message "Your account doesn't allow editing on a Mac. To learn more, contact your admin about your Office plan" after launching one of the Microsoft Office 365 for Mac apps (formerly Microsoft Office) on their Mac computer. The app then runs in is in read-only mode. 

Disable Java in Web Browsers

For security reasons you may want to disable Java in all web browsers or certain web browsers on your computer. See our instructions for how to disable Java as needed.

Encrypt files on a Mac

FileVault  2 lets you encrypt your entire home directory so that thieves and other malicious members of society cannot access your data provided that they do not know your password.

Computers for Faculty and Staff

Faculty with appointments longer than one year, and full-time and part-time staff positions whose work require computers, are provided with a new computer every four to five years. Other faculty and staff may be provided with good condition second-tier computers.

Faculty may choose between Macintosh and Windows. Other employees will receive Windows laptop computers by default unless their work requires an alternative. Alternative arrangements will be made in consultation with the employee's supervisor.

Faculty who need to purchase additional or computers are encouraged to use startup funds. Faculty can work with IT for device purchasing and should not directly purchase devices from vendors. IT will then cover the cost of those systems at replacement, which typically takes place in three to four years.

Check the College's current standard configurations for faculty and staff

Retired Faculty

Emeriti who are teaching at Amherst in some capacity and/or granted use of office space may retain a college-owned computer with an extended replacement cycle while they continue to have an office space on campus. Emeriti who are not granted office space but are teaching in some capacity should discuss their computing needs with IT Support Services. Phone and email support is available for emeriti who need assistance using online resources provided by Amherst College.


Lock your computer

How to prevent people from accessing your computer while it's unattended.

Access Network Storage Shares Mac

How to access your userfiles (a.k.a. U: drive), department network storage shares, project network shares on Storage, and other network shares from a Mac computer.