How do I switch users in Windows?

Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope
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Microsoft Windows allows multiple user accounts to exist on a single computer. Having alternate accounts allows you to keep your settings and preferences separate from other family members who use the same computer. To learn how to switch between users in Windows, select your version from the list below and follow the instructions.

Windows 10

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click Switch user.

- OR -

  1. Click Start.
  2. On the middle left side of the Start menu, click the user icon, then click your username.

User icon on Start menu.

  1. From here, you can choose a user from the list that appears, or click Sign Out and choose another user in the bottom-left corner of the Lock screen.

Change user from menu in Windows.

Windows 8

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click Switch user.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click Switch user.

Switch users in Windows

- OR -

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu, next to the Shut down button, click the arrow icon that points to the right.
  3. Select Switch user from the menu.