Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How the "Guest User" picture in Ubuntu 12.04 can be changed?

The user picture appear, for example, in the user menu.

This image is seen in every user's menu, so I guess it's just a matter of finding where the silhouetted bust image is, and being able to change it or creating a soft link with its name to the desired substitute picture.

EDIT: Since the Guest User would never see the picture, I figure that there is nothing I would put in /etc/guest-session/skel/ (as per How do I change the guest session defaults) or in /etc/skel/ (a folder mentioned in how to change default launcher icons in unity for a new user?)?

share|improve this question
A screenshot of what you want to change would be better. – Uri Herrera Feb 13 '13 at 19:01
up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you mean the user icon that appears in the user switching menu, I don't think it is possible.

You should be able to simply put the user icon in a file called .face in /etc/guest-session/skel/.

However, I just tried doing this, and it doesn't seem to work at all, for although the .face file shows up when logged into the guest account, it does not show in the fast user switching menu. When logged into the guest account, "Guest Session" doesn't even show up in the menu, so I don't know if it would show then.

share|improve this answer
Indeed, the icon would show in any account's User menu, except for the Guest user account itself. – carnendil Feb 13 '13 at 19:38

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.