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Well, the title is pretty much it.

When I start my system I always get the same user on the login screen (this is the original user created when the system was first installed). How can I change that so I won't have to type in the actual username I use everyday each time?

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Yep that is easy :

Open the GDM custom configuration file :

gksudo gedit /etc/gdm/custom.conf

Should have a lot of comment and at the end look like this :

[daemon]

[security]

[xdmcp]

[gui]

[greeter]

[chooser]

[debug]

[servers]

You'll have to add few lines under greeter like this :

[daemon]

[security]

[xdmcp]

[gui]

[greeter]
# If true show all the users, if false show the last connected users
IncludeAll=false
# User to always show in the user list
Include=somebody,somebodyelse

[chooser]

[debug]

[servers]

Just replace "somebody,somebodyelse" by whatever you want, save the file and reboot and it should work.

More info here : http://library.gnome.org/admin/gdm/2.32/gdm.html

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    In 2021, 11 years after this answer was posted, the file to edit is now called /etc/gdm3/custom.conf
    – Mike Slinn
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 21:09
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In 15.10, you can go:

  • System settings
  • User accounts
  • Unlock (top right corner)
  • Select user
  • Click automatic login

This unchecks automatic login for other users, and automatically logs into that user without a password.

If you are worried about not having a password, encrypt your disk instead (will ask for a password before login screen). If an attacker gets your hardware, the login password alone will be useless (he can just mount your partition).

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  • The current user is not listed, it broke after i removed KDE (plasma)
    – Ariaan
    Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 10:10
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Go to (gdmsetup): System -> Administration -> Login Screen

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  • In the login as ... automatically it only has one option - the current default user. My user isn't there!
    – David B
    Commented Oct 17, 2010 at 10:58

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