How to Add or Remove the “Sign out” button on Windows 11

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This article details how to add or remove the “Sign out” button in Windows 11, enhancing user control over account access and data security. Procedures to modify the button’s availability involve using the Local Group Policy Editor or the Windows Registry Editor. Changes require system restarts to take effect. The procedures cater to various contexts,…

This article explains how to add or remove the “Sign out” button from the Start menu, Alt+F4, and Power user (Win+X) menu in Windows 11.

The “Sign out” button in Windows is a feature that allows users to log out of their account and return to the login screen. It can be found in various locations, such as the Start menu, Alt+F4, and Power user (Win+X) menu.

When you click the “Sign out” button, Windows will close all your apps and return to the sign-in or login screen. You or another user can sign in by entering their password on the login screen to return to their desktop.

There could be a few reasons why someone might want to add or remove the “Sign out” button in Windows. For example, removing the option to prevent unauthorized access or data tampering in a shared computer or public setting might be desirable.

On the other hand, in a personal or work setting, having quick access to the “Sign out” button can be convenient for users who frequently switch between accounts or need to log out quickly.

Add or remove the “Sign out” button in Windows

As mentioned above, all users can use the “Sign out” button by default. Howerver, system admins can hide or display the button for users.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Local Group Policy Editor. (Search for ‘Edit group policy‘) on the Start menu.

Then, navigate the folders below:

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar

Then, in the Start Menu and Taskbar details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting “Remove Logoff on the Start Menu. “

Windows remove logoff from start menu

On the Remove Logoff on the Start Menu window, set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – The Log Off <username> item does not appear in the Start menu.
  • Disabled – Same as Not Configured – Users can use the Display Logoff item to add and remove the Log Off item.
Remove Logoff from Start Menu option

Next, expand the folders below.

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

Then, in the Ctrl+Alt+Del Options details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting “Remove Logoff. “

Windows remove logoff from ctrl

On the Remove Logoff window, select Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – Users will not see the Log off menu item when they press Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  • Disabled – Same as Not Configured – Users can see and select the Log off menu item when they press Ctrl+Alt+Del.
Remove Logoff from ctrl

Add or remove the “Sign out” button using the Windows Registry Editor

Another way to add or remove the “Sign out’ button in Windows is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

To do that, navigate to the registry keys below. Perform the steps below for each key listed below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Next, double-click the StartMenuLogOff (REG_DWORD) name on the Explorer key’s right pane to open it. Then, enter a value 1 to disable or hide the “Sign out” button.

If you do not see the ‘StartMenuLogOff‘ item, simply right-click a blank area and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, enter the name ‘StartMenuLogOff‘.

To add or display the “Sign out” button, simply delete the ‘StartMenuLogOff‘ item highlighted below.

Hide sign out on start menu

Next, navigate to the folder key path below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Then, double-click the NoLogoff (REG_DWORD) name on the Explorer key’s right pane to open it. Then, enter a value 1 to disable or hide the “Sign out” button.

If you do not see the ‘NoLogoff‘ item, simply right-click a blank area and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, enter the name ‘NoLogoff.’

To add or display the “Sign out” button, simply delete the ‘NoLogoff‘ item highlighted below.

Windows 11 nolog in registry editor

Save and restart your computer for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to add or remove the ‘Sign out’ button in Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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