You Need This Trick If You Use Multiple Accounts in Windows 10
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Do you have more than one user on your computer? 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. You can also lock down user accounts 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.