Chen creating a new user in the Ubuntu GUI, it only asks for the users full name, username, and account type. It does not ask for a password.

But when I try to switch to the new user it asks for a password.

How do I set the password (in the GUI), or login as the new user?


You can set the password with the GUI but it does not prompt you to do so when creating a new user. After you create the new user click on the password box marked in the following screen shot. As you have not set a password it will actually say Account Disabled for you. (Select the new user acct. on the left first)

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You will be presented with the following, just enter the new password in the new password box and the repeat it in the confirm box. The current password for a new account is blank so you don't enter anything in that box. The final step is to click the Change box. You can now log in to the new account using the new password.

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The procedure is the same to change a password that is already set you just enter the current password in the correct box.

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  • Thanks, it was saying "Account Disabled" rather than "Password" for me, so I must have skimmed over it. – Petah Jul 3 '13 at 22:49
  • @Petah Yes it would, I forgot that it said account disabled if the password was not set, I will update the answer to help others.... – TrailRider Jul 3 '13 at 23:43
  • The issue is that the text field does not look like a text field. Design flow. It looked like just a text with not indicate that it can be edited. IMHO A better user interaction would be to ask for the password on the same prompt when adding the new user. – Mohammed Joraid Jul 6 '17 at 18:47

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