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Add A Local User to Windows 11


We came across a great tip from our colleague at Rick's Daily Tips that we thought we'd share with those of you who are not so keen to sign into an internet-based account every time you hop onto your computer.


Privacy and security is always a concern when using any type of technology these days. While it seems inevitable and harder to do so, there are still ways to use your computer without connecting to the internet. We will add a disclaimer that some features of Windows 11 are not available unless you sign-in with a Microsoft account, but the majority will still function, provided you are not using apps that require sign-in (like Office 365 for example).


To add a local (offline) user, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the start button

  2. Click the settings cog from the menu

  3. Type in add user (select "add, edit or remove other users")

  4. On the right-hand side of the panel, click one of the Add Account buttons depending on whether or not you wish to add a family member or other account

  5. A window will appear asking how the person will sign in; click the link below the email or phone field that says, "I don't have this person's sign-in information"

  6. A create account window will appear. Click the link that says, "Add a user without a Microsoft account"

  7. Enter the name for the new account and a password (if desired) and click "Next" - voila! the local user account has been created!

You can now sign into one of these accounts at start up, or toggle between accounts if the computer is already in use.


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