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SharePoint 2013 - "Sign in as a Different User" option missing

Posted on 2013-12-18
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Sure this is not news to anyone, but OOB SharePoint 2013 does not have an option to sign as a different user.

Reference:
MS KB 2752600

So the question, what are a few ideas about how to work around, fix, live with or otherwise improve the situation. Possibly I have over looked a MS correction via a CU, so please let me know your thoughts on this.

Many thanks
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Question by:Walter Curtis
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Its a pain isn't it!
2 options here on the MS support page
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2752600
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Sorry I just realised I've posted a link to a kb article you've already quoted.
Other than a link to the mentioned page I know of no other workaround other than those mentioned
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No problem. Appreciate the effort. I don't really like the MS workaround, just use "Run As" on the browser :-(
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Or navigate to the URL shown in the second option which gives you the option to change user. The functionality remains but the link is removed. Maybe to increase cross browser support at a guess
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Rainer Jeschor earned 1200 total points
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Hi,
an un-nice (ugly?) and not really recommended way is simply to adjust the welcome.ascx control inside the SharePoint root folder (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES)
and re-add the missing entry:
<SharePoint:MenuItemTemplate runat="server" ID="ID_LoginAsDifferentUser"

Text="<%$Resources:wss,personalactions_loginasdifferentuser%>"  

Description="<%$Resources:wss,personalactions_loginasdifferentuserdescription%>"  

MenuGroupId="100"   Sequence="100"   UseShortId="true"   />

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Remember: any service pack / cumulative update could replace your modified version.
For safety reasons I would simply make a backup of the file on the disk system.

I do not feel that comfortable with this "solution" / workaround but ...

HTH
Rainer
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by:Walter Curtis
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Thanks for the excellent information Rainer. "ITIS" appreciated!
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by:Walter Curtis
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Just an update. I have not had a chance to do this until today, a few months later. Works perfectly. I need to get something on the access denied page so users can log in with different credentials from there too.

Thanks again Rainer
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