How to Switch User without Logging Off on Windows 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to quickly and easily switch user accounts when using Windows 10.

If you have multiple accounts on your computers, you can use the Windows switch account feature to switch between accounts without signing out of your current session.

When you switch back to your account, you can resume from where you left off, and keep your computer secured while you were away with no access to your content and data.

When you’re ready to learn how to quickly and easily lock your computer, follow the steps below:

Keyboard Shortcuts

One way to switch between accounts when using Windows 10 is by using the Alt + F4 keys combination.

Pressing the key combination above will bring up the Windows Shutdown dialog windows. From there select Switch users as shown in the image below:

switch account windows 10

Switch Account from Menu

Another way one can lock Windows 10 machine is via its Start menu. Click Start, then click on your account and select User account as shown in the image you want to switch to.

windows 10 switch users

Lock from Ctrl + Alt + Delete

Finally, you can lock your screen simply by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to bring up that window, then select Switch user as shown in the image below:

windows 10 switch account

That should do it!


This post shows you how to quickly and easily switch between user accounts when using a Windows computer without losing your session. This is only available when there are multiple accounts on the system.

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