How to Enable & Disable Fast User Switching in MacOS

If you share your Mac with more than one individual, there is a good chance that each of you has your own user account. Sharing a computer with another individual can have its benefits but one downside is that it may take a few extra steps to switch to your account & desktop. Luckily MacOS includes an option for fast user switching that makes switching between accounts quick and easy.

How to Enable Fast User Switching

To enable Fast User Switching in MacOS follow these steps:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Select Dock & Menu Bar
  • Under “Other Modules” Select “Fast User Switching (Menu Bar)”
  • From here there is an option to include Fast User Switching in the menu bar or the control center. If you’d like to limit the number of icons that show up in the menu bar, then the Control Center option is best for you, but it will require an extra click to switch users.
  • Select “Show in Menu Bar” to add the ability to quickly switch users in MacOS to the menu bar

Once the “show in menu bar” option is checked you’ll see the fast user switching icon in the menu bar. To quickly switch users, just click the icon and select the user you’d like to switch to.

Fast User Switching Menu Bar

How to Disable Fast User Switching

To disable fast user switching, follow the same steps but uncheck the “show in menu bar” and “show in control center” option. The steps to disable fast user switching are listed below:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Select Dock & Menu Bar
  • Under “Other Modules” Select “Fast User Switching (Menu Bar)”
  • Uncheck “Show in Menu Bar” and “Show in control center” to add the disable fast switch users in MacOS

Fast User Switching Keyboard Shortcut

If you’d like to use a keyboard shortcut to quickly switch users, the fastest way to do so is to jump to the lock screen with the shortcut control + command + q. Pressing these three buttons together will move you to the lock screen that then includes a button to press to switch users.

Fast User Switching Keyboard Shortcut to Login Screen

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