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How to Auto Login To Ubuntu?

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If you just dropped Windows XP for Ubuntu on your machine, chances are you’re wondering how to set up automatic user logging in on Ubuntu. Setting up autologin in Ubuntu is quite easy and you can do the same in a matter of a few clicks.

Here’s a quick guide on how to set up auto-login in Ubuntu:

  • From the Gnome Menu, select System > Administration > Login Window.
    Ubuntu AutoLogin
  • For security reasons, you’ll be asked to type your password.
    Ubuntu AutoLogon like Windows XP and Vista
  • Once you’ve entered your password, click OK.
  • In the dialog window that appears, go to the Security tab.
  • Check ‘Enable Automatic Login’
  • In the box below, select/type in the username
  • Click close to save the changes

The next time you start Ubuntu on your computer, the login screen will be bypassed and you’ll be automatically logged into the account you specified.

Written by Killer Tech Tips

April 9th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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  • This is quite useful


  • balabushka

    This is very useful escpecially for older people.. so just one more question. How to enable automatic updates, too? Then Ubuntu would be ideal for my grandma.

  • @Alifaan: Thank you very much for dropping by to answer the question. You were just very quick 😉

  • @Shankar Ganesh np dude, aways here to help 😉

  • balabushka

    Thanks a lot!

  • I will start using Ubuntu when 8.04 comes out.

  • @Madhur: Do use it. It’s a great OS.

  • Michael

    Can anyone tell me how to pull up the desk top on Ubuntu????
    It is an old version but it looks like this when I try to log in.
    What do I type in the line? That is what it looks like on my computer and I can’t pull up the desktop if there is one.

  • @Michael: Try pressing CTRL+ALT+F6 or CTRL+ALT+F7

  • Thanx for this guide !

  • Max

    Really helpful!

  • Jay

    Please note the system must boot(reboot) from start. You may not just logout after making this change and expect the automatic login to work.

    Thanks a heap, it was the final piece in allowing me to administer a remote firewall system from my desk.

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  • Bjorn

    It’s just that… I’ve done what this tips says, but still I have to insert my password every time I start Ubuntu. How come? Any solutions when the above is not enough?

  • Adam Hall

    Useless if your not running gnome.

  • pretty helpful information mate!

  • Murali Krishna

    Thanks a lot

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