7 Faster and Better Ways to Switch User on Windows

7 Faster and Better Ways to Switch User on Windows

There is the ‘helpless lot’ who have to share computers with family members, making another user account necessary. Today, we’ll explore ways to swiftly switch between user accounts on Windows. The default method can be slow, so it’s helpful to have a quick way on the taskbar. I have this action pinned on my taskbar, saving me clicks. Just one click on the icon and I can switch my account. There are additional easy ways to do this. Discover the best method for you.

Fast User Switch is a portable application for Windows that quickly takes you to the user selection screen when you double click the app.

To use it, download and extract the application from the zipped file, then place it in a convenient location such as the taskbar.

To easily access the app, right-click on it and select “Pin to Taskbar.”

7 Faster and Better Ways to Switch User on Windows

Create Windows Shortcut

Like this setting? But don’t want to use a third-party tool? We have a workaround for that too. It works just like our process for creating and pinning a shutdown button to the Windows taskbar. Follow the steps from that post, but with a difference in Step 2. This time, use “%systemroot%\system32\tsdiscon.exe” as the shortcut location.

7 Faster and Better Ways to Switch User on Windows

Switch User from Command Prompt

This method is a partial switch. It allows the current user to open an explorer session for another user, without logging off. Be careful to distinguish between the windows belonging to each user.

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7 Faster and Better Ways to Switch User on Windows

For more information on the steps and commands, visit this post on Lifehacker.

Four More Ways

If you’re not a mouse person and prefer the keyboard, assign a shortcut to Fast User Switch or the shortcut in the second method.

Try pressing Win + L (Windows key + L) to lock the computer and display the user switch screen.

Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to access various options including Switch User.

Alternatively, remember the sequence: Windows key -> Right arrow -> Right arrow -> W. Press each key one by one to reach the switch user screen.

This attempt aimed to prevent you from clicking on the Start orb icon and then shutting down or switching users. We aim to reduce three clicks to one or a set of keys. If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments.

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