Someone left the computer without logging off. How do I unlock it?

Windows 7
  • A simple restart will fix it! Click the Power icon on the lower right and select Restart.

shutdown restart button

Windows 8
  • Press the Power Button on the outside of the computer, and hold it down for 10 seconds.


Windows 10
  • Click the Power icon on the lower right of the screen, and select the Restart option.

Windows 10 Power off icon

  • You will receive a warning that unsaved work on the machine will be lost. Click Restart anyway.




  • On the lower left of the screen you can click the Switch user option.

Switch user button from windows 10

  • You will then be given the option to enter your User name and Password.
2017-05-24 19:34 Frank Keating
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