If you have more than one user account on your PC then using Fast User Switching you can easily switch between different user account without needing to sign out from any user account. But to do that you need to learn different methods to switch between user accounts in Windows 10 and this post, we will learn how to do so exactly. If you don’t have Fast User Switching enabled by default, then head over here to learn How to Enable or Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10.
Once you have enabled Fast User Switching, then you can continue with this guide. Just make sure to save any work which you might be doing before switching user. The reason behind this is that you might lose your open word document or any other work as Windows doesn’t automatically save them for you. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Switch User in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed tutorial.
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6 Ways to Switch User in Windows 10
Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.
Method 1: How to Switch User from the Start Menu
If you are already signed into Windows 10 with your user account, then don’t worry you can still switch to the different user account from Start Menu. Click on the Start button from the bottom-left then click on your user account picture and from the context menu select the user account you want to switch to.
You will be directly taken to the log-in screen of the user account you selected, enter the password or PIN, and you would successfully sign-in to this user account. You can again switch back to your original user account by following the same steps.
Method 2: How to Switch User using Windows Key + L
If you want to switch to a different user account while you have already sign-in into another user account, don’t worry press the Windows Key + L combination on the keyboard.
Once you do that, you would be directly taken to the lock screen, and in the process, you will be locked from your user account. Click anywhere on the lock screen, and you would be shown the login screen from where you can choose any user account that you wish to sign into.
Method 3: How to Switch User from Login Screen
The first thing you see when you start your PC is the sign-in screen, where by default the most recent user account you used to sign-in is selected and you could directly login by entering the password or PIN.
But if you want to select another user account from the sign-in screen, click on the available user accounts from the bottom-left corner of the screen. Select the account then enter password or PIN to sign-in to that particular account.
Method 4: How to Switch User using ALT + F4
Note: Make sure you have saved all of your work and close any open application before following this method, or pressing ALT + F4 will close all your apps.
Make sure you are on the desktop, if not then go to the desktop and make sure you click in an empty area on the desktop to make it your current focused (active) window once you have done that, press and hold ALT + F4 key combination together on your keyboard. This will show you the shut down prompt, from the shutdown drop-down select “Switch User” and click OK.
This will take you to the login screen where you can select any user account you want, enter the correct login information and you are good to go.
Method 5: How to Switch User using CTRL + ALT + DELETE
This method only works if you are already logged in with a user account, and you want to switch to another user account. Now press CTRL + ALT + DELETE key combination on your keyboard then you would be taken to a new screen, click “Switch user“. Again, this would take you to the login screen where you can select any user account you wish to switch to.
Method 6: How to Switch User from Task Manager
If you are already signed into Windows 10 with your user account, don’t worry, you can still switch to Task Manager’s different user account. To open Task Manager, simultaneously press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination on your keyboard.
Now make sure to switch to Users tab then right-click on the already signed in the user account that you want to switch to and then click Switch user account. If this doesn’t work, select the already signed user that you want to switch to and click on the Switch user button. You will now be directly taken on the sign-in screen of the selected user account, enter the password or PIN to successfully sign-in to the particular user account.
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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Switch User in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.