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Create a shortcut to switch users

Posted May 2008 by Steve Sinchak

Fast user switching has been a very useful feature of Windows for multi-user computers.  Dating back to Windows XP, fast user switching allows multiple users to be logged into a computer at once.  This is very useful if a user is in the middle of work but another needs to use the computer shortly.  Fast user switching will allow the other user to log in while still retaining the other users session.  Once the other user is finished the session can be switched back to the original user.

Creating a shortcut to switch the active user is as easy as creating a shortcut to c:\windows\system32\tsdiscon.exe

  1. Right click where you want the shortcut to be created and select New and then Shortcut.
  2. Copy and paste “c:\windows\system32\tsdiscon.exe” into the location box and hit Next.
  3. Give it a name and hit Finish.

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