17 Switch Users
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Log On to Windows
Logging off the system (using the Start menu) makes the system ready for the next user to log on. However, you don’t have to log off for another user to sign on. In fact, you can leave your applications running (you are, in effect, “parking” your account) and use the Switch User feature to allow another user to log on and use the system. This ability to switch users allows multiple users to get on the system without rebooting or shutting down running applications by logging off.
Open Log Off Windows Dialog Box
Click the Start button and select Log Off from the Start menu.
Select Switch User
In the Log Off Windows dialog box that opens, click Switch User. The Logon screen appears.
Log On As a Different User
The user you are switching to can now log on from the Logon screen. He can select an account, enter the appropriate password if necessary, and begin a user session as if he were the only user on the computer. All the applications, files, and settings you left in your account are unaffected by the actions of the second user in the new account.
When you need to switch back to your account, have the second user either log off or choose Switch User so that you can log back on to your account and your desktop. Note that, when you do log back on to your account, any applications you left running are still running, any files you left open are still open, and all other aspects of your desktop and system (such as items on the clipboard) are as you left them. In the case of multimedia applications such as Windows Media Player, the application will pause because the control of the computer is switched to the new user.