I'm setting up a computer running Ubuntu for my mom, so that she will be able to read e-mail, surf the Internet and use Skype. She is the only person accessing the computer.

Is it possible to set it up so that she doesn't have to log in?

  1. Click on System > Administration > Login Window.


  2. Enter your password.
  3. Click on the "Security" tab.
  4. Check "Enable Automatic Login".
  5. Select your mom's account for "User" in the "Enable Automatic Login" section.

    login preferences

  6. Click "Close".
  • Thx so much. I did it and it worked just fine – alexs Aug 31 '09 at 17:53
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    Just out of curiosity, what theme is that? :) – Sasha Chedygov Sep 2 '09 at 21:46
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    It's the excellent shiki-colors theme, with matching gnome-colors icons. You can find more about the theme, icons, and matching GDM login window here: code.google.com/p/gnome-colors. I use the "Wise" (green) variation. If you add the icons, make sure to add both "gnome-colors" Wise and "gnome-colors extras" (extras are the non-green-ified icons) – Matthew Sep 2 '09 at 23:41

Yes it is.

Find the Control Center in the Menu
(If you don't have Control Center, go to System > Administration > Login Window.)

Picture of Control Center

Select Login Window. Under the Security tab, check Enable Automatic Login.

Picture of Login Window

  • I don't believe the Control Center is included by default in Ubuntu 9.04. – Matthew Aug 31 '09 at 14:39
  • Should be easy enough to apt-get install it, don't know the exact package name thou... – Johan Aug 31 '09 at 14:48
  • Ah, I'm working from Linux Mint. I'll add information for how to get to it without control center – jweede Aug 31 '09 at 14:59
  • I searched Add/Remove programs and Synaptic for control center, and couldn't find it. Are you sure it's in the official Ubuntu repositories? – Matthew Sep 2 '09 at 21:04

You can also do it without any graphical interface by simply adding the following two lines in the section [daemon] of the file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf-custom:

AutomaticLogin=<your user name>

Using the GUI:

In the system menu, go to login manager. In there, select a user and select "log in automatically". You can also specify how long do you want to wait before logging in as that user.

PS: I am not in front of an Ubuntu machine right now, and I am mostly quoting from memory. So there might be subtle differences.

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