If you have set up accounts, you see the different account names when you turn on your computer. You can click your account to log on. Any personalized settings, such as a customized desktop, wallpaper, Favorites list, and others, are loaded, and you see Windows XP just the way you left it. You can get to work.
You can also switch from one user account to another. For instance, if you are finished working, you can log off so that your child or spouse can log on. If you are going to be away from the computer for a short time, you can stay logged on, but simply switch users.
To log off, follow these steps:
If you simply want to switch to another user account, you can do so without logging off. (However, it's best to log off to conserve system resources.) For instance, you may switch users if someone needs to check his or her email or use the computer for a short time. To switch users, follow these steps:
When you log off or when you first start Windows, you see the Welcome screen that lists all user accounts. To log on to one of these accounts, click the account name. If a password has been assigned to the account, type the password and press Enter. Once you are logged on, all personalized settings are loaded, and you can use your own personalized setup for Windows.