Edit profile

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Editing Your Profile

Individual users can edit their profiles by clicking the Edit profile link accessed from the Profile page in the user menu (top right).

Administrators can update user profiles via Administration > Users > Accounts > Add a new user or Browse list of users or by clicking the profile of a user and clicking the Edit profile link in the User details section.

The fields are divided into 6 sections - General, Preferences, User picture, Additional 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 (in the relevant authentication plugin 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.

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 (i.e. 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, other settings such as password, authentication method and force new password may be changed. The username cannot be changed if it has been set by an authentication plugin, such as LDAP.

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