Where is "Sign in as Different User" in SharePoint 2013

One of features used in testing of permissions in SharePoint is “Sign in as Different User” which allows you to log in as an another user.  With SharePoint 2013 this option is missing.

To get this feature back follow the following steps :

  1. Locate and then open the following file in a text editor:  C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES\Welcome.ascx

  2. Add the following element before the existing “ID_RequestAccess” element:

    <SharePoint:MenuItemTemplate runat=”server” ID=”ID_LoginAsDifferentUser” Text=”<%$Resources:wss,personalactions_loginasdifferentuser%>” Description=”<%$Resources:wss,personalactions_loginasdifferentuserdescription%>” MenuGroupId=”100″ Sequence=”100″ UseShortId=”true” />

  3. Save the file.

Microsoft has published a KB article on the same : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2752600.

Hope this information was helpful.

Comments (8)

  1. Norman says:

    This worked great, thanks.

  2. Ken Goodin says:

    This worked like a charm!

  3. Anshu says:


    Missing "Sign in as Different User" link is the most annoying thing in SP 2013

  4. Davy says:

    Try this, http://www.kaboodlekonnect.com/…/alt-login at least it is supported and its free

  5. BlueSky2010 says:

    If there is anyone like me just need to test signing in as a different user – following KB is the workaround: support.microsoft.com/…/2752600

    Hope that helps someone 🙂

  6. kolombangara says:



    at the tail end of your URL.

    example: url.com/…/closeConnection.aspx

  7. TheSharePointHelper says:

    If you are using Chrome here is a video that will show you how to sign in as different user