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I want to quickly switch user accounts with a shortcut combination, something similar how a session can be ended by Ctrl + Alt + Del or locking the screen by Ctrl + Alt + L ?

(I'm using Unity, 11.10)

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You can open the settings for shortcuts: System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts and add a custom shortcut to start the gdmflexiserver. After that you can switch with the shortcuts strg+alt+F7 and strg+alt+F8

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