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I want to log out of Stack Overflow or any Stack Exchange site, but always it shows me logged in!

How do I log out of this site?

Note: I have yet to register; the site currently always shows my name and default email. I wish to log out so that I may start a new session!

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    Open the Stack Exchange Dropdown menu from the top left. It opens with a list of its domains. The current domain will be listed at the top with chat, blog and logout options. You can log yourself out with that link. Hope this helps. – Arunkumar Srisailapathi Feb 7 '14 at 14:32
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    Shows there is clearly something wrong if so many people have to search and learn how to logout of this site. It should be obvious without having to look for it. – John Magnolia Apr 24 '14 at 17:56
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    agreed. The logout link is buried in a menu. I had to come here to be told where to find it. – ggutoski Jul 16 '14 at 16:26
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    yeah, and even after clicking logout, you have to click logout on a button on its own page as well?!? couldn't you just program that code into the logout link? do you REALLY not want people logging out or what? – darkflux Jan 2 '15 at 21:33
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    alleluiah !!! I can logout !!! – Andy K Dec 20 '15 at 22:05
  • The good 5 min I searched for logout and ended deleting the relevant cookies were the 5 min the cafeteria -- together with my lunch -- closed prior. >:( – Suuuehgi Apr 27 '18 at 20:28
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Use the logout button at the top of the page?

Also, nominally belongs on 'Meta'.


Note that since this question was asked and answered, the site has changed multiple times. As of 2014-03-14, there is a logout link accessible from the black top bar; activate the 'Stack Exchange' drop down menu and the 'logout' link should be beside the entry for the site you're currently accessing (along with 'blog' and 'chat'). However, this question is a duplicate of another, and you should consult the other question for more information — or add comments to that question — rather than add to this one.


As of 2017-03-20, the 'logout' option is on the drop-down menu from the right-most icon on the menu bar:

drop down menu open with log out link highlighted

There will be other changes in future; you will need to search for it.

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    This link you are talking about DNE.. – erikvold Jun 23 '11 at 0:57
  • @Erik: yes, I guess you are right; in the 21 months or so since the question was asked, the answer has changed. But the question is closed as a duplicate of another. Follow that if you want to find out what the modern answer is - or at least bug the people who answered over there. – Jonathan Leffler Jun 23 '11 at 3:00
  • @Erik: if you move your cursor over your name at the top of the page, you should see a logout option in the top line of the drop-down box which summarises reputation, votes, revisions, favourites, etc. – Jonathan Leffler Jun 23 '11 at 3:03
  • It didn't logout completely why ? – keshav Jan 19 '14 at 14:57
  • @keshav: Things have changed dramatically since this was written. In particular, the top bar no longer shows a logout option for me (or maybe they don't want to let me log out). Go look for other, more recent 'how to log out?' questions; there are a number listed in the 'related' list to the right. – Jonathan Leffler Jan 19 '14 at 15:24
  • @JonathanLeffler Thanks for reply, I figured out that I can only logout from openid.stackexchange.com/user link but this is ridiculous it should work in different way. – keshav Jan 19 '14 at 16:04
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    What logout button at the top of the page? You mean the StackExhange dropdown, where there (and only there) is a logout visible in the StackOverflow section. I dislike that kind of obtuseness. – user135582 Mar 14 '14 at 10:52
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    Left Top Corner -> Stack exchange button – Arpit Parekh Apr 30 '15 at 13:03
  • On first row you will find a log off link button. – Arpit Parekh Apr 30 '15 at 13:04
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    This answer is now outdated... – Oracle Feb 20 '17 at 20:33
  • I have just been caught by this too. – m4r35n357 Aug 9 at 9:30