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Do you have more than one user on your computer 5 Tips for Managing Windows User Accounts Like a Pro 5 Tips for Managing Windows User Accounts Like a Pro Windows user accounts have evolved from isolated local accounts to online accounts with various privacy challenges. We help you sort out your accounts and find the settings that work for you. Read More ? At times, someone else might need to quickly use your PC when you’re on it. When this happens, you could sign out and let them do their thing. But that will close all your open apps and force you to get back to where you left off.

There’s an easier way in Windows 10 — it’s called Fast User Switching.

To use it, first make sure you have at least two accounts on your PC. Then, when you open the Start Menu, click your user icon in the bottom-left corner. You’ll see a few entries like Lock and Sign Out, but you’ll also notice the names of other users below these.

Click one, and you’ll swap right to that user (after typing their password to get into the account, of course). Your current session stays open so you don’t lose your open documents and windows.

Whenever the other user is done, they can just click their user photo and choose Sign Out. Log back into your own account with your password, and you’ll be back where you were without missing a beat. Note that this may adversely affect slower PCs, since the computer keeps the original user’s session running in the background. If you have issues when doing this, you should sign out of the first account instead.

If you have many users on your computer, make sure you know the best ways to lock your PC The 6 Best Methods to Lock Your Windows PC The 6 Best Methods to Lock Your Windows PC Locking your computer is essential in preventing unattended access. Here are several great ways to do so in any version of Windows. Read More . You can also lock down user accounts How to Lock Down Windows User Accounts How to Lock Down Windows User Accounts Letting people use your computer while you're gone could lead to problems. We show you how to restrict Windows features on standard or child accounts so others can't access sensitive info. Read More if you want to create a restricted environment for a certain user.

Have you ever used Fast Switching to let someone else use your PC quickly? How else do you manage multiple users on your computer? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. BfullofS
    July 3, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Grove City College
    What else did they give ya! Ben?

    • Ben Stegner
      July 3, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      I'm sorry, what are you asking?

  2. Patrick
    June 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    This is not a function that is new to Windows 10. It has existed for many years. Since Windows 7 perhaps even Vista.