Enable “Sign In As Different User” in SharePoint 2013

In SharePoint 2010, there was a option available for signing as a different user. But in SharePoint 2013, that option has been removed.

Without Sign In option

I don’t know why Microsoft has removed this precious feature, but there are some workarounds to get back that feature.


Workaround 1:

  • Start Internet Explorer by using the Run as different user option, and then go to the SharePoint site.
    Note: The Run as different user option is visible if you hold the Shift key when you right-click a program icon.
  • Access the SharePoint site by using the the URL as http://siteurl/_layouts/15/closeConnection.aspx?loginasanotheruser=true
    Important: This option uses an unsupported browser feature which is unreliable and causes other issues. Currently this option does not work in IE 10 and Safari.

Workaround 2:

  • Go to the location C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web ServerExtensions\15\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES
    There will be file called Welcome.ascx
    WelcomeEdit
  • Open welcome.ascx in Visual Studio or in Notepad and add the following code and save.<SharePoint:MenuItemTemplate runat="server" ID="ID_LoginAsDifferentUser" Text="<%$Resources:wss,personalactions_loginasdifferentuser%>" Description="<%$Resources:wss,personalactions_loginasdifferentuserdescription%>" MenuGroupId="100" Sequence="100" UseShortId="true" />Edit Welcome.ascx
  • Once you save this file, the feature will be enabled.
    With Link

Very simple workarounds to get back this feature.

Cheers!

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