How to Add a Switch User Shortcut on Windows Desktop

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 7, 2014

Many of us have more than one user account. We probably often use Switch User Account feature which is built in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. No matter we are using Switch User option from the Power Menu or press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then select Switch User from the resultant screen, it could take us some minutes. Well, why not create a desktop shortcut to switch user accounts? Please read on to take detailed steps.


How to Create Desktop Shortcut to Switch User Accounts in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Step one- Right click on the desktop, click New. Then select Shortcut.


Step two- Type in the following target path in the dialog box. “tsdiscon.exe” is an exe file used for a system utility named the Session Disconnection Utility to disconnect the current signed in session and allow users to switch to a new session.


Step three- Click Next.


Step four- Name the shortcut as Switch User, or whatever you prefer and click Finish.


Step five- On the desktop is a new shortcut. Right click on the Switch User shortcut and select Properties.


Step six- Under shortcut tab, click Change Icon.


Step seven- Highlight one icon you like from the list and click OK.


And now, by simply clicking on the shortcut, you’ll go to the user account screen and be able to switch to another user.

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