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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.8. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Update profile.

Editing Your Profile

Administrators can update user profiles via Administration > Users > Accounts > Add a new user or Browse list of users and individual users may update their profiles by choosing the Edit profile link from Administration> My profile settings

The fields are divided into 6 sections - General, Preferences (New in 2.8), User picture, Additonal names and Optional which are all explained below.

Remember to click 'Update profile' when you have finished.


  • This section is expanded by default. First name, Surname and Email address are compulsory fields. Depending on your administrator's settings you may or may not be able to edit these.
  • The other settings - City/Town, Country, Timezone and Description are optional. The administrator might already have entered your city and country when your account was created.
  • The Timezone field is used to convert time-related messages on the system (such as assignment deadlines) from the local timezone (the time in London) to the correct time in whichever zone you have selected.


New feature
in Moodle 2.8!

Email display

This controls the visibility of your email address to others. The three settings are self-explanatory but please note 'Hide my email address from everyone' only hides it from students. Teaching staff and other staff with editing access will always be able to see your email address.

Email format

There are two formats: "Pretty HTML format" (messages will be formatted) and "Plain text format" (plain text with no formatting).

Email digest type

This setting determines how you receive any posts from Forums to which you are subscribed, allowing you to receive messages individually or on a daily basis.

Forum auto-subscribe

This setting lets you decide if you want email copies of posts that are added to forums. If you set this to subscribe, the system will automatically email you copies of new posts in discussions that you post in, unless you manually override it when posting.

Forum tracking

Enabling forum tracking means highlighting the posts you have not read yet, which should improve your forum navigation.

Text editor

  • This can usually be left as 'Default editor'. In a new installation this is the Atto editor. If your admin allows it you can change to the TinyMCE editor.
  • If you want to use the Cloze editor module plugin to write Embedded Answers (Cloze) question type, you must choose TinyMCE as your text editor.
  • If you find your browser is not letting you edit text, change this setting to 'Plain text editor'.
  • If other editors have been enabled by the site administrator, you can select them here.

Preferred language Note that changing your preferred language here will only affect the Moodle interface and not the actual course content.

User picture

This section is optional and allows you to choose your own profile picture. Your current picture is shown, if you have already chosen one.

Note: If the admin has enabled it in Administration > Site Administration > Users > Permissions > User policies, a gravatar you might have attached to your email account will appear as your profile image if you don't upload a different one.

New picture

The "Choose a file" button allows you to choose a new picture for your profile. The picture must be in JPG or PNG format (ie the names will usually end in .jpg or .png).

To upload an image, click the "Upload a file" button from the list in the File_picker, and select the image from your hard disk.

NOTE: Make sure that the file is not larger than the maximum size listed, or it will not be uploaded.

Then click "Update Profile" at the bottom - the image file will be cropped to a square and resized down to 100x100 pixels.

When you are taken back to your profile page, the image might not appear to have changed. If this is so, just use the "Reload" button in your browser.

Additional names

If the administrator has activated this feature then you will be able to set your alternative or additional names here. See Additional name fields for more information.


Use tags here to display your interests on your profile page.


There are several optional fields allowing you to add further details to your profile such as contact details and your website.

Custom Profile Categories

If any custom user profile categories and fields have been created on your Moodle site, they will be listed at the bottom of the Admin >Accounts>User profile fields

Updating a user profile

Users with the capability moodle/user:update are able to update another user's profile i.e. in addition to being able to edit the profile, all settings (username, password, authentication method, force new password etc.) may be changed.

Account disabling

An account may be disabled by setting the authentication method to "No login". The account email may not be used to create another account.

See also