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How can I change my password?

I have looked around Ask Ubuntu but haven't found anything promising. A few answers got me close, but the advice always came from a more advanced user. I am new to the world of Linux however I feel I'm following the directions 100%.

I love Ubuntu & I'm learning a lot of good information but I have been spending far to much energy & time on what should be easy.

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closed as not a real question by Geppettvs D'Constanzo, bodhi.zazen, djeikyb, psusi, fossfreedom Jan 24 '12 at 6:52

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

It would be useful if you described your actual problem a little bit better. Have you forgotten the password and need to set a new one? Or do you know the password and want to change it? – Sergey Jan 24 '12 at 0:15
Can you get to the desktop at all or are you stuck at the login screen? – Huckle Jan 24 '12 at 3:33

You can change your password with:

command line

Open a terminal and enter



The graphical method is preferred, especially if you have an encrypted home directory.

Open user accounts and change your user password from there.

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Lost password

If you lost your password see How do I reset a lost Administrative(root) password?

Still having a problem

If you are still having a problem, please update your question with a better description.

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+1 Comprehensive answer, given how vague the OP was. – Christopher Kyle Horton Jan 24 '12 at 3:48

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