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You can transfer users in Windows 11 without losing any apps, tabs, or essential data if you have multiple user accounts on your PC, including online Microsoft and local accounts. It’s especially beneficial when you’ve set up parental controls on Windows 11 and need to switch between the accounts of the parent and the child. You may effortlessly swap user accounts without logging out of one, and there are several ways to do it. As a result, in this article, we’ll show you how to swap users in Windows 11.

How to Switch Users in Windows 11 (2022)

We’ve gone over five different ways to change users in Windows 11 in this tutorial. Keyboard shortcuts, manual techniques, commands, and more have all been introduced. You can move to any section of the table below by expanding it.

Switch Users in Windows 11 from Start Menu without Signing Out

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 11 allows you to switch users without having to sign out of the current profile. This is how it works:

1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key once. At the bottom left of the Windows 11 Start Menu, click on your user profile.

2. Next, choose the user you want to change to, and voila, you will move to the log-in screen of that user account.

3. Now, simply enter the password or PIN, and you will move to another user account without much hassle.

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Switch Users in Windows 11 from the Lock Screen

Another simple approach to swap users in Windows 11 is through the lock screen, which we’ve described in full here:

1. First, lock your current user account with the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Windows + L.” Note that switching users is not the same as signing out, therefore no current tabs or apps will be lost.

2. On the lock screen, choose the other user account you wish to access from the bottom-left corner.

Switch Users in Windows 11 From Lock Screen

3. That’s it. Now, enter the password/ PIN, and you will be able to switch the user account just like that.

Switch Users in Windows 11 using Alt + F4 Shortcut

1. If you are old school like me, you could simply press the “Alt + F4” keyboard shortcut to bring up the “Shut Down” prompt.

shut down options in Windows 11 With Alt + F4

2. Here, choose “Switch user” from the drop-down menu, and press Enter or click OK.

Switch Users in Windows 11 With Alt + F4

3. Next, you will be taken to the lock screen, where you can easily move to a different user account in Windows 11.

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Switch Users in Windows 11 with Ctrl + Alt + Delete

1. Another simple way to move between user accounts on Windows 11 is using the “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” keyboard shortcut. Once you use this shortcut, click on “Switch user” from the options that show up on your screen.

Switch Users in Windows 11 With Ctrl + Alt + Delete

2. Then, you will be taken to the Windows 11 lock screen, where you can open a different user account from the bottom-left corner.

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Switch Users in Windows 11 with Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Run Prompt

People who are more comfortable with command-line tools can fire up Command Prompt (CMD), PowerShell, or Windows Terminal to move between user accounts on their Windows 11 PC.

1. To do so, open any command-line tool of your choice and execute the below command below. You don’t need administrator privilege to run this command.

tsdiscon
tsdiscon - enter in cmd window

2. You can also use the “Windows + R” keyboard shortcut to open the Run prompt. Here, enter the tsdiscon command to directly lock your current user account.

tsdiscon - enter command in run prompt

3. Using either of the steps above, you will move to the lock screen right away. Then, you can enter the PIN/ passcode for another account and change the user account easily.

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