Sign In as Difference User in SharePoint 2013

July 26, 2012

The “Sign in as a Different User” menu option has been done away with in SharePoint 2013.  Microsoft has made it known that they have worked to make SharePoint 2013 a more streamlined, efficient, out-of-the-box solution, and in doing so are discouraging users from customization.  However, some of the features that were removed still need to be navigated in some way.  The “Sign in as a Different User” command is one example.  Nick Grattan’s SharePoint Blog gives us a workaround in, “Sign in as Different User and SharePoint 2013.”

Grattan states:

This ‘Sign in as Different User’ menu item is very useful when testing applications, but it can lead to problems especially when opening documents, say in Microsoft Word. So, it may be for these reasons that the option has been removed in SharePoint 2013.  You can add the menu item back in, but I would suggest only doing this on test or development SharePoint servers. To do this, repeat this edit on all servers in your SharePoint farm:

What follows is a step-by-step list of instructions to help you successfully complete the function.

For users who are concerned in general about the lack of customization options in SharePoint 2013, we would encourage the addition of a smart third-party solution.  For instance, Fabasoft Mindbreeze Enterprise can stand alone or work alongside an existing SharePoint infrastructure to increase efficiency and intuitiveness.  Fabasoft Mindbreeze is a trusted industry leader based in Austria, and consistently wins recognition for by KM World.

Emily Rae Aldridge, July 26, 2012

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