How to Switch User in Windows 10 (Change User Windows 10)

If you have multiple user accounts, you can change users in many different ways. Here’re the steps to switch user in Windows 10.

Windows 10 makes it really easy to create multiple user accounts. If you have multiple people using the computer, it is better to create separate user accounts for those users. That way, you don’t have to share your user account details. Even if you are not sharing the PC, you can create user accounts to separate personal and work files. For example, I have two user accounts in my system for personal and work profiles. One of the biggest advantages of creating separate accounts is the separation of user files and programs.

If you have multiple users accounts for yourself, it is pretty common to switch between them as and when needed. Thankfully, Windows 10 has several different ways to switch user in Windows 10.

In this quick guide, let me show the ways to change users in Windows 10.

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How to switch user from Start menu

The start menu in Windows 10 allows for fast user switching by displaying all the user accounts under the User icon. Here is how you can switch users from the start menu.

  1. Open the Start menu. You can do that by clicking on the Start icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click on the user icon on the left panel.
  3. Select the user account from the flyout menu.
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  4. As soon as you click on the user account, Windows 10 will switch user according to your selection.
  5. If the account is password-protected, you need to authenticate to access the user account.
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How to switch user from lock screen

You can also switch between users directly from the lock screen. This is one of the most common ways to change users in Windows 10. Below are the steps to follow.

  1. First, lock Windows with the “Win + L” key shortcut.
  2. On the lock screen, you will see the users on the bottom left corner.
  3. Click on the user you want to switch to.
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  4. Type the password or pin to log into the user account.

That is all. It is that simple.

Switch user from Ctrl + Alt + Del screen

The Ctrl + Alt + Del is a universal savior when Windows is not responding. From the same Ctrl + Alt + Del menu, you can switch users. This particularly helpful when the system is acting strangely or unresponsive.

  1. To start off, press the “Ctrl + Alt + Del” keyboard shortcut.
  2. Now, click the “Switch user” option.
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  3. As soon as you click the option, you will be taken to the login screen.
  4. Here, select the user you want to switch to.
  5. Enter the password or pin to log into the user account.

Change user from Alt + F4 menu

This is one of the lesser-known ways but you can also change the user from the Alt + F4 window.

  1. First, minimize all open Windows.
  2. While you are on the desktop, press “Alt + F4“.
  3. Now, select “Switch user” from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the “Ok” button.
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As soon as you confirm the action, Windows will take you to the login screen where you can select the user you want to switch to.

Note: If the desktop is not in active focus then the Alt + F4 might close the application that is already in focus. You can keep desktop in active focus by simply clicking on your desktop.

That is all. It is that simple to switch user in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you don’t want to change user from the Start menu, you can disable the fast user switching in Windows 10.

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