How to manage user accounts

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Illustration: Editing a user account.If you are the Administrator (owner) of your computer system, you can create, edit, and view details about user accounts. Below, find instructions for managing user accounts in Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems.

Windows 10

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Select User Accounts.

In the User Accounts window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes, including changing the user account name.

Windows 8

  1. From the Windows Desktop, open the Charms menu by pressing the Windows key + C key and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings window, select Control Panel.
  3. Select User Accounts.

In the User Accounts window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes, including changing the user account name.

Windows Vista and 7

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or remove user accounts.

In the User Accounts window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes, including changing the user account name.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Users Accounts icon.

In the User Accounts window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes, including changing the user account name.

Changing settings for a user account in Windows 2000 requires you to be logged in with an administrator account.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Users and Password icon.

In the Users and Passwords window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes, including changing the user account name.

Apple macOS X

macOS X 10.6 or later

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Users & Groups.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked. Enter the administrator password.

In the Users & Groups window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes.

macOS X 10.3 to 10.5.8

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Accounts.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked. Enter the administrator password.

In the Accounts window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes.

macOS X 10.2 to 10.2.8

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Accounts.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked.

In the Accounts window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes.

macOS X 10.1.5 or earlier

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Users.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked.

In the Users window, you can add or remove user accounts. You can also select a user account and make any necessary changes.

Linux and most variants

To add a user account, use the useradd command. See the useradd command page for additional information about this command.

To remove a user account, use the userdel command. See the userdel command page for additional information about this command.

To change the user settings, use the chfn command. See the chfn command page for additional information about this command.

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