How to Delete User Accounts on Ubuntu 17.10

You can create multiple user accounts on Ubuntu desktop with each user having separate files and their own settings. Having multiple accounts provide security privacy for each user.

Each user keep their files and data separate from others and only if you know they user’s password will access be given to the account. User can switch between accounts if they know the passwords to the other accounts.

If someone is no longer using the computer, you can simply delete that user’s account. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to delete a user account from Ubuntu Desktop.

In our previous post, we showed you how to create a user account. To read this post, please click here.

Deleting User Account

To delete a user account from Ubuntu, click the system menu in the top right corner of your screen and select System Settings as shown below.

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Then select Details from the item list on the left of the settings pane, then Users

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The Users pane should list all the user accounts on the system. Only account with administrative rights can make changes here. As you can see, the screen is locked and must be unlock before making changes.

If your account is an administrative account and you wish to make changes, simply click the Unlock button to the too of the Users pane. You should be prompted to type your password.

If access is granted, you should be able to select the account you want to delete and click the Remove User.. from the bottom right of the pane.

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Every account has a home directory, mail spool and other temporary data. When you remove a user from Ubuntu, these data may also need to be removed. If you want to keep them because they may contain valuable data, then select Keep Files.. If you are sure they will not be used anymore and you need to free up disk space, click Delete Files.

These files are permanently deleted. They cannot be recovered. You may want to back up the files to an external storage device before deleting them.

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That’s it! This is how to delete user accounts on Ubuntu Desktop.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully deleted a user account on Ubuntu Desktop

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