How do I switch users in Windows?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Microsoft Windows allows multiple user accounts to exist on a single computer. Having alternate accounts allow you to keep your settings and preferences separate from other family members who log into the same computer.

Windows 10

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click Switch user.

- OR -

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. At the top of the Start Menu or on the middle left-hand side of the Start Menu, click your username or icon and choose the user you want to use. You can also choose Sign out and then Sign into the user account you want to use.

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 the Start button.
  2. In the Start Menu next to the Shut down button click the arrow pointing to the right and select Switch user.

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