Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Managing Users – Part 15

Last Updated on May 22, 2022

Create a new user with the GUI

If you’re sharing the machine with other people (family members, coworkers etc), you’ll want to create user accounts for each person. While you may wish to share access with other people, there will always be some data that’s private and confidential.

From the Dash open the Settings app, then click on Users in the list. To view more settings or add another user, you’ll need to click the Unlock button in the top right hand corner, and enter your password.

Linux for Starters - Add User

The first account created has Administrator access to the system. This lets you update the system, install apps, and more. To create a new user, click on the Add User button (it’s colored green).

Linux for Starters - Add User

There’s a choice of two Account Types: Standard and Administrator. The Standard account has only limited access while an Administrator account can add/remove other users and can change settings for all users.

Let’s create a Standard account. Enter the full name of the user, and choose whether to allow that user to set a password when they next log on, or set a password for them now.

Linux for Starters - Add User

Click the Add button when you have entered the information.

Linux for Starters - Add User

You’ll now see there are two accounts on the system.

Linux for Starters - Add User

Page 3 – Create a new user with the command-line

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Groups
Page 2 – Create a new user with the GUI
Page 3 – Create a new user with the command-line

All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
7Updating the system, install new software.
8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
11Getting help from your system.
12Learn all about the file system.
13Manipulating files from the shell.
14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
15Managing users on your system.
16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
17Gaming on Linux.
18Protect your privacy with this guide.
19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
22Extend your GNOME desktop with extensions and themes.
XUseful Linux commands.
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