System hacks: Quickly switch users at my own pace

Windows 10 supports multi-user simultaneous login and account switching at any time. However, if you inadvertently shut down or reboot after switching to another user, you will lose the unsaved data of the previous user. Therefore, sometimes this feature needs to be turned off for security reasons. So, how can you turn on or off the fast user switching feature as you wish?

Tip: Did you know? There are many ways to switch users quickly

If you want to quickly switch users in Windows 10 with multiple users logged in, you can select “Switch Users” from the list by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete on the desktop, in addition to the power button or user avatar on the Start menu (Figure 1). In addition, you can also choose to switch to another user by right-clicking on “Users” in Task Manager and selecting “Disconnect”.


1. Quick user switching with registry control

Modifying relevant items through the Registry Editor is a universal control method for all Windows 10 versions. Press Win+R to launch the Run box, type REGEDIT and enter to launch the Registry Editor. In the Registry Editor, locate “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem” in order; right-click the System branch and Select “New → DWORD (32-bit) Value” (Figure 2).


Name this newly created DWORD value HideFastUserSwitching, double-click on the value and set its numeric data to 0 for enabled and 1 for disabled (Figure 3).


Afterwards, restart the computer to make the changes take effect. 2.

2. Switching control with Group Policy Editor

If you are using a Windows 10 system higher than Home Edition, you can also use the Group Policy Editor to control the user switching function in a simpler way.

Type “Group Policy” in Cortana to search for “Edit Group Policy” and launch it. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to “Computer Configuration→Administrative Templates→System→Login”, find “Hide entry point for fast user switching” in the right pane, double-click the item to launch the configuration window, and click “Enabled” in it. “Enabled” will hide the user switching entry points located in the login screen, Start menu and Task Manager. Selecting the other two will open these portals.


Once the settings are complete, exit Group Policy Editor and restart your computer.

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