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Windows 7: How do I Switch User at log on using Tab?

26 May 2011   #1
dhermosillo

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
How do I Switch User at log on using Tab?

In previous versions of Windows, and in Windows Server 2008 I can use the Tab key to switch the user in the logon prompt without using a mouse, but in Windows 7, the focus never cycles to Switch User.

How do I get the Tab key to focus on Switch User in Windows 7?


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26 May 2011   #2
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hi dhermosillo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

This is strange, i have tested on my machine and when tabbing it does focus the switch user

I will do some testing...

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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26 May 2011   #3
dhermosillo

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

This is on a work network, so lots of users. Not sure if that makes a difference.
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26 May 2011   #4
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Do you normally get a screen like this...

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or like this...

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26 May 2011   #5
dhermosillo

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I get a screen that tells me to press ctrl+alt+del, and then I get a screen like this:


Except the icon on the left is the last user to log in, and the one on the right is "Switch User". Also it's Windows 7 Professional.

The tab button will cycle to every element on the screen except the Switch User one.
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26 May 2011   #6
dhermosillo

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

PS How do you get a screen capture of a log in screen?
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26 May 2011   #7
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhermosillo View Post
I get a screen that tells me to press ctrl+alt+del, and then I get a screen like this:


Except the icon on the left is the last user to log in, and the one on the right is "Switch User". Also it's Windows 7 Professional.

The tab button will cycle to every element on the screen except the Switch User one.
If you don't mind waiting i will test this in the morning (approx 09:00 GMT) at work as i can then test this on a Win 7 Pro on a domain environment.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhermosillo View Post
PS How do you get a screen capture of a log in screen?
I have never actually tried and not sure, i have always used a virtual machine

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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26 May 2011   #8
dhermosillo

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

no problem. it's just something that always bugs me.

Thanks for your help.
-d
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27 May 2011   #9
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Sorry for not getting back to you this morning, i have tested at work and tabbing still focuses the switch user option so i'm afraid i don't know what to suggest i have never had this issue.

Maybe someone else here will have come across this.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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27 May 2011   #10
dhermosillo

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I went and asked our IT guy if there was some switch he set to prohibit this functionality, and he said he hadn't.

He did show me how to do it though:

At the login screen, when presented with the two login options,
1. Press the Right Arrow key, which puts the focus on Switch User
2. Press the Space Bar which activates it (I assume Enter would work as well).
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