I am using gnome-shell on Ubuntu 12.04. On the guest account, I have this handy option switch user, but when I am logged into my own account it is not there for some reason.

Why isn't it there anymore, and how can I get it back? At the moment I can use the workaround to lock screen and I get a switch user button from there, but it would be nicer to have the menu option as I was used to.

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  • did you install any extensions? – Anwar Sep 25 '12 at 13:05
  • Creepy eye, dude. – JXPheonix Sep 25 '12 at 13:15
  • I think ubuntu doesn't show Switch user option when there are no any other User accounts other than guest .... – Prasad RD Sep 25 '12 at 14:38
  • @ Parasd --- You are wrong Switch user option is always shown – user61928 Sep 25 '12 at 14:59

It's there for me in 12.04. I didn't have to do anything to get it other than have other userid's set up.

Here's a screenshot of it:

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I think Anwar's question in his comment above is insightful. Have you installed any extensions? If so you may wish to remove them, reboot, and see if there is still a problem. If the problem goes away you can add them again one-by-one to see which one interferes.

After selecting Switch User I'm sent back to the Ubuntu login screen (lightdm) where I can choose another userid, enter a password, and select the kind of session I want to start. I was able to start another session that way (on virtual tty 9 in my case) and switch back forth with Alt-Ctrl-F7 and Alt-Ctrl-F9.

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  • thanks, i don't have any extensions but it came back on its own! i have no idea why or how. i'm accepting your answer so that my question doesn't show up in unanswered searches. – wim Sep 27 '12 at 3:44

Gnome 3 displays the Switch User option only when you have multiple normal user accounts on your system with a user id between 1000 and 29999 (Debian, Ubuntu).

If you want to switch to a user account within the reserved id range of your distribution, you can lock the screen with Super+L or Ctrl+Alt+L and click on Log in as another user below the login form.

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