Lock Computer in Windows 10

    Lock Computer in Windows 10

    How to Lock the Computer in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: General Tips
    25 Jun 2015 Last Updated: 1 Week Ago at 11:12

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Posts: 24,360

    Show Printable Version 


    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.


    CONTENTS:


    EXAMPLE: Lock screen
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Lock_screen.jpg 
Views:	9362 
Size:	475.8 KB 
ID:	22403





    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)
    Note   Note
    If you have full-screen Start turned on, then you will need to first click/tap on the Name:  Menu_button.png
Views: 83014
Size:  2.7 KB menu button at the top left corner of Start.



    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Start_menu-2.jpg 
Views:	1326 
Size:	125.1 KB 
ID:	22404
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Full-screen_Start_menu-2.jpg 
Views:	2336 
Size:	116.0 KB 
ID:	22402






    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)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CTRL+ALT+DEL.jpg 
Views:	7523 
Size:	22.1 KB 
ID:	22401






    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)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Task_Manager-1.png 
Views:	603 
Size:	27.6 KB 
ID:	22406

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

    Name:  Task_Manager_Disconnect.png
Views: 83065
Size:  7.3 KB






    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 PC."

    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


    Related Tutorials



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

    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.    09 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,360
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    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.    21 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10 and Mac OS X

    Quote Originally Posted by wiil 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

 


Similar Threads
Tutorial Category
Windows 10 Mobile Build 166 - Sim Lock
Took off the sim lock password before upgrade but cannot find how to put one on in the new settings configuration. Can anyone help?
Installation and Upgrade
Solved Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock lights no longer function
Hello! Since the most recent build of W-10 (9879), my caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock lights do not function on either computer on which I have W-10 installed (a desktop with a USB keyboard and a laptop with an integrated keyboard). The keys...
General Support
Windows 10 Caps Lock light
Strangely enough, since updating to 9879, the caps lock light on my keyboard does not work. I know it may seem small but it is really annoying not knowing when caps is on or not. My keyboard is backlit and the keys light up fine but the light on...
General Support
Steampunk computer computer cases/keyboards....
http://i.imgur.com/6tiV6Mo.jpg http://i.imgur.com/hDcLSPe.jpg http://i.imgur.com/5s8rLWI.jpg http://i.imgur.com/Q7UIuP6.jpg
Chillout Room
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:42.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums