Many of us that are used to SharePoint from previous versions prior to 2013 may have been familiar with the ability to sign in to SharePoint as a different user. This was typically done to easily impersonate what another user really sees, or maybe find yourself at someone elses workstation needing access to content that the current logged on user does not have access to. Well, in SharePoint 2013 that feature, or convenience, is no longer available.
In the past, logging on as a different user did have its cons. When logged on to the browser with different credentials then what the PC was logged on with, you may find yourself where the browser credentials don’t pass through to integrated applications, such as the Office products. This could be a valid reason for Microsoft to decide to remove it in 2013.
For myself, who does a fair amount of user trainings, I utilized the ‘Sign in as different user’ enough to know that going forward this will be a slight challenge to get used to. Signing in as a different user allowed me to better illustrate what a typical business user would experience rather than what I see as a full Site Collection Administrator. With IE8 and IE9, I have conditioned myself to use the ‘InPrivate Browsing’ feature to be the best way to have two instances of IE open at the same time, and keep one from taking on the credentials of the other as I switch between the user and admin views.
Aside from some of the proposed solutions on some blogs to modify the code in the Welcome.ascx page (which I would not recommend in anything other than a development environment), your pretty much left with learning how to run IE as a different user. How do you do that?
- From your desktop or start menu, locate your IE shortcut.
- Hold down your SHIFT key and then right-click with your mouse on the shortcut and from the drop down select ‘Run as different user’
- In the Windows Security window that appears, enter the credentials you wish to run under and click OK.
- The browser session will now run under those credentials until closed out.