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Hi green ice
Add your new user using the add+ item. Then highlight the old one and use delete to erase it. Not sure about the files but they can be removed through File Manager.
The delete option is grayed out for my first username, so I cannot delete it. There is an option to delete the 2nd username I just added.
The first username is the one I created when I installed Linux Mint. It is administrative. This may be the reason it cannot be deleted.
I may have to remove administrative status from that username --sonylinux--before I can delete it. Nope, I just deleted admin from the groups the first username has but still cannot delete the username.