Mendeley Desktop logout function
Add a logout function for Mendeley desktop, so that it can be used on shared computers, or persons managing multiple libraries can switch easily
This has been raised with our Development Team.
Hi, I understand what you're saying - but I'm thinking about he huge student potential (which probably remains mostly untapped for you guys). They are pretty poor at logging out of applications and therefore leaving their data open for someone else when using open access, library and PC labs. At least you can log out now, which you couldn't do a year or so ago without putting a dummy account in - so baby steps. :-)
AdminMendeley (Admin, Mendeley) commented
Because it is possible to switch between user accounts using the steps outlined below (Tools -> Options -> General) it is unlikely we are going to implement a logout button in the near future.
I understand your frustration, but we have to prioritize the most valuable features if we are going to complete our mission and transform the way science is done.
Hi @JOAO BOSCO PELLATTIERO DE OLIVEIRA - thanks, but this option was not always there - when you tried this it just would not let you - it had to have something in the fields - so we were using a dummy account. So, that is better - but it still needs a button that says 'log out' just so users on public access machines are reminded to log out.
JOAO BOSCO PELLATTIERO DE OLIVEIRA commented
To logout Mendeley you have to go Tools -> Option-> General and clear the email window and finally press apply.
If you want to return in the same session type your email again. This works for me.
I am new to Mendeley and already the advantages are clear to me. I just realized that there is no log out option and this has not changed despite the many comments and how obvious the need for this very basic and fundamental function is. I am very sceptical with mendeley not implementing this - zero acton to significant feedback
no me agrada que no exista la opción de salir de sesión
It is insane that there is no log out function. I don't understand how this possibly could have been overlooked. I am going to have to just delete Mendeley from this computer...
Thanks Alexander - I'd be interested to find out how big a job this would be, but the impact would be massive
I could not agree more. Including a logout function on shared Windows/Mac Accounts will immensely increase the adoption rate of Mendeley!
Sorry, yes I mean Mendely Desktop. No, nobody has their own user account on the machines - it is a desktop log in client that logs students in so that they can access their networked file store - apart from that, they can use applications on the PC (word etc) but files are stored on USB and network drives. Hope that helps.
AdminRobert Knight (Admin, Mendeley) commented
- Are you referring to Mendeley Desktop, not mendeley.com?
- Did each of those test users on the public access machines have their own folder under C:\Users (Vista, Windows 7) or C:\Documents and Settings (under XP) - as would normally be the case?
@ Robert - we tried setting up new accounts as a tester on our public access machines, we knew something was odd when we opened up Mendeley and all found ourselves logged into other people's accounts!!!!!! Even though we had logged into the network as ourselves.
Students personal storage spaces will not allow the software to be hosted there as it has an exe file, so it means being on the local drive of the PC. If we point Mendeley to the personal storage space to store papers and references, it still leaves our log in details for the next person.
I think having a log out function is a no brainer and is something that is preventing Mendeley from being used on campuses in libraries and computer labs. I love Mendeley but find it hard to sell to our students when this simple function is lacking.
@ Robert - I have thought about that, although we have a mixture of Managed PCs, which students won't be able to install Mendeley - until we get it added to the package list. As for students in my department they're not on managed desktops - so will investigate this with some colleagues. I still think it should be added - surely it's not a big fix for an obvious function?
I realized I could not logout from Mendeley desktop only after I had installed it on a shared computer at my workplace. I've created a personal account on this computer to make sure my library does not open when someone else uses the general account on the computer. I have then uninstalled Mendeley Desktop, and even changed my password. Well, my library is still the one that appears on every account after I have installed Mendeley Desktop from my account on this shared computer.
Please, give us the desktop logout option! Thanks.
AdminRobert Knight (Admin, Mendeley) commented
I think there is a misunderstanding somewhere. All of Mendeley's settings are stored in the user's personal data/configuration folders. Provided that users have their own login to campus PCs then multiple users can use Mendeley on the same PC without access to each other's data - depending on how the security for different accounts is set up.
Using separate OS accounts is the recommended solution for accessing different Mendeley accounts from the same PC. If you trust the other users on a shared OS account, then you can switch accounts from Mendeley via Tools -> Options.
If you forget to logout or lock the screen of your PC, you could just as well forget to do the same in Mendeley. If you are really concerned about the security of any locally stored data - use the built-in data encryption facilities in Windows or Mac.
Agreed, this is essential if you want this software to be used by students on campus - the Web version is not enough - you have a potential market of millions of University students, but the security issues too strong for us to recommend it being on our PCs and Macs
Jim Woolley commented
Still no logout feature? Come on. This is insane, especially due to computer security even on a non-shared device. If I fail to logout of my PC and someone accesses it, then all of my documents are at risk. Let's get this added.
Wagner Nogueira commented
I completely agree with that suggestion. The logout option is essencial for shared computers.
I just had this problem and went into Tools, Options, General, and changed the username and password. This then logged me into my library from someone else's.
Yes, please - missing this option is really annoying!