How to Switch Users on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Switching users on a Mac is a simple and convenient way to allow multiple people to use the same computer without interfering with each other’s files and settings. Whether you have a family sharing one Mac or you need separate accounts for work and personal use, switching users can help keep everything organized. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to switch users on your Mac.

Using the Fast User Switching Menu

The Fast User Switching menu is perhaps the quickest way to switch between user accounts on your Mac. To access it, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu icon in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: From the dropdown menu, select “Log Out“.
  • Step 3: In the dialog box that appears, you’ll see a list of currently logged-in user accounts. Click on the account name you want to switch to.
  • Step 4: Enter the password for that account if prompted, and you’ll be switched to the selected user account.

Note: If you don’t see “Log Out” in the Apple menu, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and check “Show fast user switching menu as” and select either “Full Name” or “Account Name”.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, there’s a quick shortcut to switch users as well. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Press Command + Shift + Q.
  • Step 2: A dialog box will appear, displaying the currently logged-in user accounts. Use the arrow keys to select the account you want to switch to.
  • Step 3: Press Enter or Return, enter the password if prompted, and you’ll be switched to the selected user account.

Using the Login Window

If you prefer a more traditional method of switching users, you can use the login window. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu icon and choose “Log Out“.
  • Step 2: In the login window that appears, click on “Switch User“.
  • Step 3: Select the desired user account from the list and enter the password if required.
  • Step 4: Click on “Login“, and you’ll be switched to that user account.

Note:

If your Mac is set up with automatic login for a specific user, you will need to disable it in System Preferences > Users & Groups before being able to switch users using this method.

Congratulations! You now know how to switch users on your Mac using various methods.

Whether it’s through the Fast User Switching menu, keyboard shortcuts, or the login window, each method offers its own convenience. Choose whichever works best for you depending on your preference and workflow!

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