All ways to sign out from Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a different user interface yet again which includes a new Settings app and a different Start menu quite unlike the Windows 7 Start menu or the Windows 8 Start screen. It provides basic functionally that everyone is used to although it does not have submenus for system folders. The power button is now in a different location and the commands to lock or log off are located elsewhere. In case you are interested, let me walk you through all the ways to sign out from your Windows 10 user session.

Here are all the ways to sign out from Windows 10.

  1. The Start menu.
    Click your user name in the Start menu. In the drop down menu, you will see the Sign out command: 01 Windows 10 Start menu sign out
  2. Win + X Power user menu.
    Right click the Start button on the taskbar in Windows 10. From its context menu you can access the Sign out command. Alternatively, you can press Win + X shortcut keys on the keyboard. 02 Windows 10 Win X sign out This will open the Win + X menu. See the article Use Win+X menu to manage tasks in Windows 10 faster.
    Tip: see the full list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
  3. Ctrl + Alt + Del security screen.
    Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del shortcut keys together on the keyboard and pick the Sign out command from there: 03 Windows 10 CAD sign out
  4. The classic Shutdown dialog.
    Minimize all windows if you have any open and click on the Desktop so it is focused. Now press Alt + F4 shortcut keys together on the keyboard. In the Shutdown Windows dialog, select the item "Sign out": 04 Windows 10 Shutdown sign out Tip: see How to create a shortcut to the Shut Down Windows dialog.
  5. The shutdown console tool.
    Open a command prompt and type the following:

    shutdown -L

    This will sign out you from Windows 10: 04 Windows 10 cmd sign out

That's it. Thankfully, Microsoft is keeping these options in Windows 10, so everyone can pick their most preferred way.

5 thoughts on “All ways to sign out from Windows 10

  1. Nathan


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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      don’t mention it

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  2. Zhanghui

    shutdown -L

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  3. shirley Hines

    I hate this windows 10 it is just horrible, I wish I had my old method of sign in/out back again. Welcome page is horrible ttoo

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  4. jack raffo

    What about win + L?

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