Just switched from 10.04 to 11.10. I'm wondering about the limited options in the GUI for managing users and groups. Where is the old GUI to change groups, id's, etc. I know that I can do this from cli, that's no problem. But I want this comfortable GUI back.
Gnome System Tools for 11.10 & later Ubuntu versions
The old Users and Groups GUI is available by installing from Software Center the gnome-system-tools package
or from a terminal:
Search in Dash:
Click and it will run the Users and Groups applet:
For adding and deleting standard and administrative users I'd recommend that you use the standard tool Alex mentioned in his helpful answer. You will need to unlock the program and then click on the "+" on the bottom left. You can also administer passwords with this tool.
If you need to add groups or add users to groups you can install the gnome-system-tools package.
After adding that you can find the additional settings by searching the
This answer was merged from a question about how to make a user an administrator; while it does answer this more general question, making administrators is its focus.
Being An Administrator Consists of (Specific) Group Membership
Before actually managing users and groups, if you want to make one or more users administrators, you should know what it means to be an administrator in Ubuntu.
An administrator can run commands as
This power is conferred to users by membership in the appropriate group.
There are a couple complexities:
Therefore, here are some reasonable guidelines for how to make a user an administrator in Ubuntu:
You have a few options for managing users and groups.
Install and Run the Classic "Users and Groups" Utility
You'll perhaps be happy to hear that (as John S Gruber has pointed out) the old GUI utility for managing users and groups still exists, though you may have to install the package that provides it. I'm talking about the utility that was invoked in menu-driven interfaces via System > Administration > Users and Groups.
This classic utility is provided by the gnome-system-tools package, which you can install in the Software Center by clicking that link, or in the Terminal by running these commands:
The name of the Users and Groups utility is
But don't run
Use GNOME Control Center to Manage Users and Groups
The new, standard way to manage users and groups is with the GNOME Control Center, accessible from the session menu. Click the gear icon in the top panel (at the upper-right corner of the screen), and click System Settings....
In System Settings (also called the GNOME Control Center), click User Accounts (it's near the bottom, in the "System" category).
You can then manage users, including what groups they're members of, with this part of the GNOME Control Center.
Use Command-Line Utilities
...then you can manage users and groups from the command-line.
The recommended utility for adding a user from the command-line (in Ubuntu, and also in Debian and other Debian-based OSes) is
To make a user an administrator from the command-line, just add them to the appropriate group.
Depending on what version of Ubuntu you're running (as detailed above), use one or both of these commands:
You can add both standard and administrator users using the
If you need more fine-grained control over which groups an account is in you will need to use the
You can edit users by going under System Settings (either search for it in the Dash, or select it as the first entry under the power cog) and selecting User Accounts.
Alternatively, you may search the Ubuntu Software Center or use