Another user logged into Windows is slowing down your computer? Find out below how you can log off other users on Windows—without them being around to do it themselves.

First, the Wheel without Brakes on a Plane

is often the nose wheel.

Because the wheel cannot be stopped otherwise, plates are positioned strategically in its housing to stop the front wheel from turning after it has been retracted following takeoff.

Another user logged in to Windows keeps spinning programmatic wheels—and the person is not around to stop them? You can force-stop the spinning; do fly carefully, though: data might be lost.

How to Log Off Other Users on Windows

To log off a different user from Windows:

  1. Make sure your Windows account role is that of an administrator.
    • Only admins can log off other users.
  2. With the right mouse button, click somewhere in the Windows taskbar.
  3. Choose Task Manager from the context menu that has opened.
  4. At the Task Manager window’s bottom, click More details if you see it.
    • If you see Fewer details, you are all set.
  5. Go to the Users tab.
  6. Make sure the user you want to log off Windows is highlighted.
  7. Click Sign out at the bottom of the Task Manager window.
    • Tip: You can also right-click the user and select Sign off (sic!) from the context menu that has appeared.
  8. Now click Sign out user to confirm logging of the other user on Windows.
    • Note: All applications the user had open will be closed—even if open files and entered data have not been saved. Data can be lost if you log off other users.

(How to log off other users on Windows tested with Windows 10; updated December 2017; title image: StockUnlimited)