OS X :: Wiping Out Computer - Deleting User Account

Oct 14, 2006

10 years of using Mac and I don't even know how to wipe my computer. I sold my computer on ebay and have backed up all of my important apps, docs and such, but I don't really know how to delete my user account. I know there's an option to delete accounts, but it won't let me because I guess i'm the only account on there. anyone know how I can make it so my computer is fresh and clean for the next user?

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Mar 1, 2012

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