I upgraded to 14.04 from 13.10 and I'm having a couple issues with the lock behavior (ctrl+alt+l).

In 13.10 the monitor would go into power save and then when the screen turned back on I was able to switch users.

In 14.04, the monitor stays on and there doesn't appear to be a way to switch users without the user that locked it logging in and the logging out.

Is there a way to switch users from the new lock screen? Is there a way to turn the screen off upon locking?

  • By power save, do you mean suspending your machine?
    – jobin
    Apr 23, 2014 at 16:38
  • I think it's the same as "turn screen off" in the lock settings
    – MikeJerome
    Apr 23, 2014 at 16:42
  • No, turning the screen off and suspending are different.
    – jobin
    Apr 23, 2014 at 16:43
  • What I meant by power save was "turn screen off" not suspend
    – MikeJerome
    Apr 23, 2014 at 16:46
  • So is it fine if ctrl + alt + l turns the screen off?
    – jobin
    Apr 23, 2014 at 17:02

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I found a way which I will need to explain to my little kids who did not figure it out... Click on the top right corner and you will see the list of users.

Honestly, I do not like it because it is not obvious and not user friendly. Before my 6 years old and my 9 years old could figure it out by herself, now I will need to explain it....

  • Ah yes I found it, but often for some reason I cannot click the gear icon. It shows up, but when I click it nothing happens. I then have to ctrl-alt-del and choose logout before I can switch.
    – MikeJerome
    Apr 30, 2014 at 15:47
  • This seems to be fixed now, but when I first upgraded to 14.04 I had this problem fairly often.
    – MikeJerome
    Aug 18, 2014 at 21:47

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