Add “sign in with another user” on SharePoint 2016

Andy 1,346 Reputation points

If we want to sign out a user and sign in with another one, we need to clear the cookie of our browser or use a private mode, it is complex, can we add a button like in SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016?

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  1. Yanli Jiang - MSFT 21,206 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Andy,

    SharePoint 2016 doesn’t offer the handy “Sign-in as Different User” feature under the welcome menu.

    Apart from the "clear the cookie of our browser or use a private mode" you said. Here are two more ways for your reference:

    1, Navigate to Close Connection Page

    Navigate to the URL: https://Your-Site/_layouts/closeConnection.aspx?loginasanotheruser=true

    In my environment, I use this url.



    2, Edit “Welcome.ascx” file (modifying files in the SharePoint file system is not a good way)

    Log in to Windows with the account configured for SharePoint Server to edit “Welcome.ascx” file, which is at “C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES” folder.

    Open it in notepad, Add this new entry under the node: SharePoint:FeatureMenuTemplate

    <SharePoint:MenuItemTemplate runat="server" ID="ID_LoginAsDifferentUser"

    Like this:


    Save the file (No need for IIS Reset!) That’s it! Refresh the page, you can see the “Sign in as different user” menu item now!

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