Windows 8 – Add Switch User option to Desktop Context Menu

If you are a Windows 8 user and have multiple users for your PC, then how do you navigate from one user to other? It would be way easier if you could switch within a click. Here is the tutorial how you can add Switch User option to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8. Add Switch User option Desktop context MenuDesktop Context Menu is the options bar that appears when you right click upon desktop. Here we will be discussing about how you can add Switch User option to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 to switch or navigate within users easily. Follow the steps below to add Switch User option to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8.

Steps to add Switch User option to the Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8

  • At first open Notepad as we need to create a .reg file.
  • Now, copy and paste the following

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Switch User]
“icon”=”imageres.dll,-88″
“Position”=”Bottom”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Switch User\command]
@=”%windir%\System32\tsdiscon.exe”

  • Next, save the note file with a name Add Switch User to Desktop Context Menu with .reg extension
  • Now click on the file to run it, upon prompted by UAC or any Registry Editor message, click Yes to continue.
  • Approving the prompt, the newly created .reg files and values are merged to the Registry Editor.

Upon completion of all the steps, right click on the desktop you will see the Switch User option in the Desktop Context Menu.

switch user Desktop Context Menu windows 8

  • To undo the settings or remove it, create another Remove_Switch_User_from_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg file
  • Again, open Notepad and copy paste the following entries

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Switch User]

  • Now, save the note file with a name Remove Switch User from Desktop Context Menu with .reg extension
  • Run the file upon clicking on it. Upon prompted by UAC, click Yes to continue.

Again, right click on desktop the switch user option will be gone.

Upon following the tutorial here, you can easily add switch users option so that you can easily switch users in Windows 8 PC within click.

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