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Add a new user

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An administrator or manager (or any other user with the capability moodle/user:create) can create new user accounts in Settings > Site administration > Users > Accounts > Add a new user. (To add users in bulk, see Upload users.)




The user will use this username to log in to the Moodle instance. It needs to be unique. This may be changed. A user's name can only contain alphabetical letters in lowercase, numbers, hyphen '-', underscore '_', period '.', or an at character '@'.

Authentication method

The setting specifies how Moodle will check whether the user's specified password is correct.

Accounts created by an administrator use the Manual Accounts method, and accounts created by the user themselves using the email sign-up method use the E-mail based self-registration method.

Suspended account

Suspended user accounts cannot log in or use web services, and any outgoing messages are discarded.


This is the user's password. It is subject to the password policy in Site policies. A user can change their password by the Settings block > My Profile settings > Change password link.

First Name

The user's first name. It is displayed along with the last name in messages, forum posts, participants list, reports and anywhere where something about the user is shows on the page.


The user's surname. It is displayed along with the first name in messages, forum posts, participants list, reports and anywhere where something about the user is shows on the page.

Email address

Password reset notices, forum digests and other messages are sent to this email address from the Moodle site.

Email display

This setting controls who can see the user's email address.

Email format

This setting can be used such that Moodle will send text-only emails to the user.

Email digest type

This setting set whether the user will receive an email for each new forum post in subscribed forums, or if new posts should be sent once per day in a digest, and which type of digest.

  • No digest (one receives individual emails),
  • Complete (a single digest daily) or
  • Subjects (a single digest daily with only the post topics included).

Forum auto-subscribe

If a user subscribes to a forum, new posts will be sent in the digest as specified. This setting sets whether a user is automatically subscribed to forums or if a manual click on the subscription button in each forum is required.

Forum tracking

THis setting specifies whether new posts written since the user's last visit should be highlighted as such.

When editing text

This setting specifies whether the user prefers to see the WYSIWYG text editor or just a plain text box.

Screen Reader

Enabling this setting will improve the display of Moodle to make it more compatible with screen readers.


The user's city or town


The user's country

Note: City and country defaults may be set in Settings > Site administration > Location > Location settings.


This setting is used to adjust the times of messages and assignment/quiz due dates to match the user's local time

Preferred language

This will cause the Moodle interface to be displayed in the specified language. (See Language packs)

Note: Content will not be translated automatically, but if multi-language content is entered the appropriate language content will be displayed, if available.


Information about the user that other users can see.

User Picture

The user's picture can be displayed next to the user's name next to any content he/she has posted in Moodle activities such as the forum. See User pictures for details.


The list of interests can be used as a way of connecting users with similar interests. Tags must be enabled on the site.


There are several optional fields that come with an standard install. These include: Web Page, ICA number, Skype ID, AIM ID, Yahoo ID, MSN ID, ID number, Institution, Department, Phone, Mobile Phone, Address.

The site administrator may add more custom fields and/or turn off any of these "optional" fields.