Restore "Sign in as a different user"
This is essential and needs to be easy to find instead of hacking the URL every time you need to sign in as a different user.
Linda Busdiecker commented
In order to test in SharePoint Online right now, we would need to purchase another license just in order to test under different credentials, which we can't do. Our Microsoft solutions would come across better to users if we could test better!
If that would help your situation, please also consider voting for "Enable experiencing a page, solution or site as a different user, e.g. provide the ability to impersonate a user with fewer rights" (https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/329214-sites-and-collaboration/suggestions/38355829-enable-experiencing-a-page-solution-or-site-as-a)
Same problem for SP 2013 On-premise
Something I learned a while back was the ability to sign in as a different user in the browser, not SharePoint. Right click on the browser icon, then from the context menu, as you are holding shift, right click on the browser option (i.e., if I right click the Chrome icon, I get a context menu with several options, one being Chrome - while holding shift, I right click on that). A new context menu pops up and one of the options is to Run As A Different User. This is way better than the sign in as different user option we used to have as the entire browser session is running under that user's credentials. You can open Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, etc. all under the same session's user profile.
Needed for QA testing in a multi-national company. On Win 10 with Edge, it's very difficult to open a browser as another user compared to how easy it was in Win 7 IE 11.
I'd love to hear MS's reasoning for removing this feature. Unlike the vast majority of new features that get added, this one was actually used. As in used every day.
Microsoft wants us to all have separate accounts for every day use vs admin level permissions. That's hard to do when your browser forces you to log in with your desktop credentials.
This is such a relatively simple thing to add back in, and would significantly improve my job performance.
PLEASE add this back in.
Artur Siwakowski commented
This is also super essential when it comes to user support!
I can't believe that this doesn't even have a "thinking about it" comment from MS. This was such a simple feature that was IN THE PRODUCT BEFORE, and for some reason they took it out.
I find it funny all the comments about "well just open the browser as a different user". Well sometimes when you are on a very specific site you need to use elevated permissions. The sign in as a different user was VERY handy for that.
And for any company that actually followed MS's BS about having different accounts for day to day work, and others for Administrative work, well boy it sure would be handy to have a simple way to switch back and forth between them!
My company unfortunately bought into that line of thought. I have to log into my desktop as an account with no admin type permissions, and then as soon as I get into SP I run into something that I need either Farm or SC admin rights, and so I have to go through that stupid URL hack to login as different user. And even when I do that half the time if I open a new tab IE is nice enough to pass my non admin desktop credentials straight into the new tab, so I have to do it all over again. I've now pretty much just gone straight Chrome because it will auto-remember my userid/pw for the sites, and now use the Admin account for everything. It's against company policy, but MS doesn't leave me much choice if I actually want to get work done.
It's also funny how I am actually happy when I am on one of my two remaining SP2010 farms and it still has the drop down option. I'm sure MS appreciates the fact that admins are happy that they still have SP2010 around. It says a lot about the company that admins might be happier with a previous version of the product.
Can someone explain what the issue is here? I am using Win 10, IE11 and SharePoint 2013 OnPremises and I have no trouble logging into SharePoint as a different user. If you have a shortcut to IE on your desktop, just [Shift]+[Right-click] and choose "Run as different user." Is it a problem with SharePoint online?
H A commented
Bring it back but with the functionality fixed. The previous functionality had unexpected behavior were the user log in as would stay in the cache and not timing out.
Nik Patel commented
No reasons for this one and site actions to play around. I would just leave at the same place. It's integral part of the product. :)
Option 3 is the solution I implemented.
Here is also a german version for this "by design bug":
From windows 7 or 8.
1. Right click on your browser icon in your tray
2. Hold shift down and right click on the browser from within the popup
3. Run as other user
4. Type username and password
Tom Burke commented
Totally agree with PaulE's comment below. It's nearly impossible to sign into another account, and only sometimes works when running IE10 as the user you want to sign in as. Most often, it still auto-signs on as your machine user.
There are issues with the web login screen when trying to sign on under a different account as well--sometimes it forgets that you even chose "sign in with a different account" and either populates another one in the Username field, or does an auto-sign-on with your domain user.
"InPrivate Browsing" and "InCognito" don't get you very far when the browser is configured so you automatically log in within a trusted domain. Opening the browser as a different user is some times not possible because a user profile will get created that can cause issues with that account being used autonomously. Manually creating the URL using the pattern found in SP2010 for "Sign in as a different user" is usually my workaround.
Carol DeMuth commented
This was really a helpful tool to check permissions and views on a site from a test user. Is a little clunky having to reopen internet explorer as a different user. I found I can't open a new instance of internet explorer, so have to shut it down before using this feature.
Jess Collicott commented
You could use "InPrivate Browsing" in IE or "InCognito" in Chrome.