6 ways to switch between user accounts in Windows 10

Most people are not the only users of their computers and devices. Whether you have a little brother or a little sister, or one of your grandparents wants to experience the new world of technology, because they are not familiar with these devices, they could cause real damage to your operating system. For this situation and many other circumstances, Windows 10 allows you to create a separate user account for each user so that each has their files, settings, and apps. If your Windows 10 computer has multiple user accounts on it, here’s how to switch between user accounts in just a couple of seconds:

1. How to switch between user accounts while on the sign-in screen

If you just started your Windows 10 PC or device, the first thing you see is the sign-in screen. Also, if you are already signed in, you can press Windows + L on your keyboard to lock Windows 10 and then click or tap on the Lock Screen to display the sign-in screen. By default, Windows 10 loads the most recent user account that was used to sign in. The list of available user accounts is shown in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

In this list, click or tap the user account that you want to switch to and then enter the login details. Windows 10 requests the last thing that was used to sign in: the password, the PIN or the picture password.

If you need to change the sign-in method, click or tap “Sign-in options and then press on the method that you want to use. After that, enter the necessary information to sign in.

If you want to know how to create and log in with a PIN or a picture password, read this article: How To Create & Login With A PIN Or A Picture Password In Windows 10.

2. How to switch between user accounts from the Start Menu

If you have already signed into Windows 10, you can change the user account by using the Start Menu. Click or tap the Start button with the Windows logo on it to open the Start Menu.

Then click or tap on the symbol/picture of your user account, and a menu is shown. There, select the user account that you want to switch to.

You are taken to the login screen where the user that you selected is loaded. Enter the appropriate login information, and you are in. You can switch between sign-in options by clicking or tapping the “Sign-in options" and then selecting the option that you want to use.

3. How to switch between user accounts using Windows+L

If you have already signed into Windows 10, you can switch the user account by simultaneously pressing the Windows+L keys on your keyboard. When you do that, you are locked from your user account; you are shown the Lock screen wallpaper.

Click or tap anywhere on the screen and you are shown the login screen. Choose the account that you want to use and enter its login information. You can switch between sign-in options by clicking or tapping the “Sign-in options" and then selecting what you want to use.

4. How to switch between user accounts using CTRL+ALT+DELETE

This method works only when you are logged in with a user account, and you want to switch to another account. First, simultaneously press the CTRL+ALT+Delete keys on your keyboard. A new is screen is shown, with a few options right in the center. Click or tap “Switch user,” and you are taken to the login screen.

Choose the user account that you want to use and enter the appropriate login information. You can switch between sign-in options by clicking or tapping the “Sign-in options" and then selecting the option that you want to use.

5. How to switch between user accounts using ALT+F4

This method works only when you are logged in with a user account, and you want to switch to another account. First, go to the desktop and make sure that no apps are opened and displayed on the screen. All your apps must be minimized, or the end-result will be you closing your open apps, one by one. Then, after all the apps are minimized or closed, simultaneously press the ALT+F4 keys on your keyboard.

The Shut Down Windows prompt is displayed. Here, click the “Shut down” option and a list is shown with other options. Select “Switch user” and press OK.

The login screen is shown. Select the user account that you want to use, enter the appropriate login information and you are in. You can switch between sign-in options by clicking or tapping the “Sign-in options" and then selecting the option that you want to use.

6. How to switch between user accounts while being asked for a picture password

If the most recent user account that has signed into your Windows 10 computer or device was using a picture password, when you are at the login screen, you see that user account and the picture that is used as a password.

Below the user account name, you have two links: one for accessing other sign-in options for the same user account and one for switching the user.

Click or tap “Switch user,” and then a list is shown with all the user accounts that exist on your Windows 10 computer or device. Click or tap the user that you want to switch to.

Then, you are asked to enter the login details that were used previously for that account: the password, the PIN or the picture password.

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Conclusion

Now you know all the methods we are aware of for changing the signed in user, in Windows 10. Try them out and use the ones you prefer. If you have any suggestions, questions or problems, do not hesitate to use the comments form below.