How to Change Account Type in Ubuntu Linux

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This article describes steps one can take to change account type in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux is a multi-user operating system. Simply put, you can have multiple users using the same computer with separate and unique accounts and profiles.

With Ubuntu Linux multi-accounts functionality, all users can use one device while giving everyone their sign-in (username and password), and access to their files, browsers, and desktop settings.

There are two types of system account one can create in Ubuntu Linux: Standard or Administrator.

By default, when you create an account, it will automatically be a Standard account.

A Standard is not an elevated account. It can use most apps and change basic system settings that do not affect other users.

An Administrator account is an elevated account. Administrator accounts have complete access to the PC and can make any changes to the system that can impact all users.

Below is how to change an account type in Ubuntu Linux.

How to switch account type in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, Ubuntu Linux is a multi-user operating system. Simply put, you can have multiple users using the same computer with separate and unique accounts and profiles.

Below is how to change the account type in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on the Users tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Users settings panel, press Unlock in the top right corner and type in your password when prompted.

Next, select the user whose privileges you want to change. Under Account Settings, toggle the Administrator button and switch to On to make the account an administrator.

To remove administrator rights, toggle the button to Off.

The user’s privileges will be changed when they next log in. That should do it!

You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

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