Sign in as Different User in SharePoint 2013 - Workarounds

SharePoint 2013 doesn't offer the handy "Sign-in as different user" feature as in its previous versions under welcome menu. Not very clear why Microsoft has removed this option, I guess might be due to security/caching problems!
sharepoint 2013 sign in as a different user
Even in MOSS 2007, we had this functionality
sharepoint sign in as another user
But some times, you may have to login as different user who has different permission than the current user. Here are some possible workarounds to enable sign in as different user in SharePoint 2013.

Option 1: Navigate to Close Connection Page
Navigate to the URL: http://Your-Site/_layouts/closeConnection.aspx?loginasanotheruser=true

BTW, The above URL is just copied from SharePoint 2010's Sign-in as different user option, and it works for SharePoint 2013 as well! Replace "Your-Site" with the SharePoint 2013 site collection URL of your environment.Once you hit this URL, you will be prompted to enter your user name and password.

You can also bookmark it! just drag and drop this to Favorites bar: Sign in as Different User

Option 2:  Run IE as different user / Open IE in private mode 
  • Go to Start >> Internet Explorer >> Shift+ right click >> Choose "Run as Different User"
  • Or, Go to Internet Explorer >> Tools >> Click on InPrivate Browsing 
These options brings the prompt to Enter your credentials.
sharepoint 2013 login as a different user

Option 3: Edit "Welcome.ascx" file
Edit "Welcome.ascx" file, which is at "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extension\15\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES" folder. (modifying files in the SharePoint file system is not a best practice, BTW!)

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

<SharePoint:MenuItemTemplate runat="server" ID="ID_LoginAsDifferentUser"
So the file should look like this:
Sign in as Different User in SharePoint 2013 - Workarounds
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!
Option 4:  SharePoint 2013 Sign in as Different User Missing - Feature Based Solution

Sign-in as a different user in SharePoint 2016: All above methods including the welcome.ascx code edit is valid for SharePoint 2016 also. Only change if: The SharePoint hive moved to "16". So, you'll find welcome.ascx at 16 hive "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES"

Microsoft KB addressing this issue:

1 comment:

  1. In one of our Farms when we Sign in as a different user the URL Changing from % as %25 and throwing 500 Internal server error. Any idea how to resolve this?


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