Friday, December 13, 2013

Open applications as another user

Problem:
Sometimes we need to run an application such as an Office App (Word, Excel, SharePoint Designer) as another user.
For most Office Apps, the "Run As..." context menu does not appear and there doesn't seem to be a way to log off and on from the Office user.
Although there is an old utility that allows this, we not always remember it.

Solution: 
A solution is to log off and log on as the other user. Then we can in fact use the same machine to test an application using a different user.

However, an even better solution is to simply run a command line utility:

- Open CMD
- Go to the path where the application lives
- run "runas /user:domain\username application.exe", replacing the bold fields by your information

e.g.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14>runas /user:mydomain\tduarte SPDESIGN.EXE

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