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    Lock Computer in Windows 10

    Lock Computer in Windows 10

    How to Lock the Computer in Windows 10
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    26 Feb 2018
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    How to Lock the Computer in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Locking your PC protects it from unauthorized use when you need to step away from the PC, and don't want to sign out or shut down.

    When you lock the computer, you will be taken to the lock screen by default to unlock and sign in when ready to continue where you left off. Other users can still sign in to their accounts from the sign-in screen.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to lock your local Windows 10 PC.

    Note   Note
    If you disable the lock screen, you will be taken to the sign-in screen when you lock the computer instead of the lock screen.

    If you have Secure sign-in enabled, users will be required to press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys on the lock screen to unlock it and sign in.


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    EXAMPLE: Lock screen
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    Lock Computer in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Lock Computer in Windows 10
    To Lock Computer using Keyboard Shortcut

    1. Press the Win+L keys.






    Lock Computer in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Lock Computer in Windows 10
    To Lock Computer from Account Picture Menu on Start Menu

    1. Open the Start menu, click/tap on your user name (ex: Shawn Brink) to open the account picture menu, and click/tap on Lock. (see screenshots below)
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    If you have full-screen Start turned on, then you will need to first click/tap on the Name:  Menu_button.png
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    Lock Computer in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Lock Computer in Windows 10
    To Lock Computer from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen

    1. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys, and click/tap on Lock. (see screenshot below)

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    Lock Computer in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Lock Computer in Windows 10
    To Lock Computer from Task Manager

    1. Open Task Manager in more details view.

    2. Click/tap on the Users tab, right click or press and hold on your account, and click/tap on Disconnect. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Disconnect user to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    Lock Computer in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Lock Computer in Windows 10
    To Lock Computer by Running a Command

    1. Run the command below from Run, command prompt, new shortcut, or how you like.

    rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation






    Lock Computer in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Lock Computer in Windows 10
    To Lock Computer using Cortana Voice Command

    Note   Note
    Starting with Windows 10 build 16251, you can now use a Hey Cortana voice command to lock the computer.

    In addition, you can also ask Cortana to execute this command on the Lock screen, but first you should enable Cortana on the Lock screen if you have not done so already.


    1. Using Hey Cortana, use the voice command below.

    "Hey Cortana, lock my computer."

    2. Cortana may ask you for a verbal confirmation. You’ll have to respond to Cortana with a "Yes" for Cortana to complete the voice command.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       09 Feb 2016 #1

    Hey, just wondering if you know of any other ways of locking the computer.

    I was expecting to find it as an option when pressing alt+F4 on the desktop and as an alternative function for the power and sleep buttons. Is there any way to change the options available for alt+F4 and the power buttons?

    Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 29,307
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       09 Feb 2016 #2

    Hello wiil, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    I'm afraid that I'm not aware of a way to add "Lock" to the ALT+F4 Shut Down Windows dialog.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 and Mac OS X
       21 Jun 2017 #3

    wiil said: View Post
    Hey, just wondering if you know of any other ways of locking the computer.

    I was expecting to find it as an option when pressing alt+F4 on the desktop and as an alternative function for the power and sleep buttons. Is there any way to change the options available for alt+F4 and the power buttons?

    Thanks
    Hi Will!

    A quick answer to your query is this workaround: Press Windowsflag key + L and viola! Problem solved.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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