How to logout of a computer

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Below are the steps of how to logout of a computer that are broken up by the type of operating system you are using.

How to logout of Microsoft Windows

Windows 10

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and choose the option to Sign out.

or

Click Start and on the top of the Start Menu click your name and choose Sign out.

Windows 8 sign offWindows 8 and 8.1 users

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and choose the option to Sign out.

or

From the Windows 8.1 Start Screen click your profile icon and choose the Sign out option as shown in the picture.

Windows 7 and Vista users

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and choose the option to Log off.

or

Click Start, and on the Start Menu right arrow next to the Shut down button and click the option to Log off.

Windows XP users

Click Start and click the Log Off button.

How to logout in the Windows command line

From the Windows command line use the logoff command.

Apple menuHow to logout of an Apple macOS

Open the Apple Menu and at the bottom of the Apple Menu click the Log Out option at the bottom of the menu.

If logged in through a shell from the command line use the exit command.

How to logout in Linux

If logged in through a shell from the command line use the exit command.

Additional information

  • See our sign off definition for further information and related links.