Assigned access: FAQ

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What's assigned access?

Assigned access is a setting that lets you restrict a specific standard account to using only one Windows Store app. For example, you can restrict customers at your business to using one app so your PC acts like a kiosk.

Whenever someone signs in with the specified account, they'll only be able to use that one app. They won't be able to switch apps or close the app using touch gestures, a mouse, the keyboard, or hardware buttons. They also won't see any app notifications.

How do I turn on assigned access?

To turn on assigned access, you need to sign in to your PC with an administrator account, and you also need a standard account on your PC that has at least one Windows Store app installed to use for assigned access. For more info about accounts, see Create a user account, User accounts: FAQ, and Why use a standard account instead of an administrator account?

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Accounts, tap or click Other accounts, and then tap or click Set up an account for assigned access.

  3. Tap or click Choose an account, and then tap or click the standard account you want to use for assigned access.

  4. Tap or click Choose an app, and then tap or click the app you want the standard account to be able to use.

  5. Restart your PC and sign in with the standard account you picked. While you're signed in with that account, you'll only be able to use one app.

How do I sign out?

If you want to stop using your assigned access account but still want it to be available on your PC, follow these steps.

  1. Quickly press the Windows logo key Windows key five times. This will restart your PC.
  2. Sign in with a different account.

How do I turn off assigned access?

If you want to stop using assigned access and don't want it to be available on your PC anymore, follow these steps.

  1. Quickly press the Windows logo key Windows key five times. This will restart your PC.
  2. Sign in with an administrator account.

  3. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  4. Tap or click Accounts, tap or click Other accounts, and then tap or click Set up an account for assigned access.

  5. Tap or click Choose an account, and then tap or click Don't use assigned access.

  6. When you're done, restart your PC to apply the changes.

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