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This guide shows various methods for how to lock the desktop/screen on a Windows PC. Locking the screen instead of logging out will keep the device secure without interrupting or stopping the applications running in the background. 

If no input is made for a while, Windows might lock your screen automatically depending on the chosen setting. To unlock it, you’ll have to enter your password/pin.

Here we show you different shortcuts to immediately lock your Windows screen. Locking the system will show the name of the logged in user instead of the normal login-mask. To remove the lock, you have to put your password/PIN/etc and you are back on your desktop. 

Keep in mind that all of the following methods are available on both Windows 10 and 11. The commands and the shortcuts are the same in both versions. This guide shows screenshots for Windows 11.

How to Lock Your Windows Screen Using Start Menu

Using the start menu to lock your computer is probably the way you are doing it right now. It’s very self-explanatory as well. 

  1. Click on the Windows Logo

    All you need to do is to click on your window icon, it’s called the start button. Click on your account name and the option to lock your computer screen will appear as “Lock”.  

    Windows 11 - Start Menu - Winbuzzer - Lock

How to Lock the Computer Screen Using the “Windows + L” Hotkey

This is the favorite of the users and probably the quickest windows lock screen shortcut in this list. This particular method is very useful when you need to move away from your laptop/PC immediately. It involves only one step in which you’ll have to press two keyboard keys together. 

  1. Press Window Key + L

    Simply press the Windows key + L on your keyboard and it’ll put you on your computer lock screen.

    Windows 11 - Keyboard - Win + L

How to Lock Your Screen Using Ctrl+Alt+Delete

If you are into tech, you may have used this combination of keys “Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key” to kill unresponsive software. But you can use it to lock your computer screen as well. It’s yet another fast way to lock your windows. 

  1. Press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key” altogether

    Simply press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key” and it’ll take you to a different screen where the Lock option will be available.

    Windows 11 - Keyboard - Ctrl+Alt+Del

  2. Click on Lock

    Simply click on Lock and you’ll be directed to your PC lock screen.

    Windows 11 - Keyboard - Ctrl+Alt+Del - Lock

How to Lock Your Computer using Task Manager

You can also use the task manager to lock the screen. Basically, you disconnect yourself and it automatically directs you to your lock screen. The task manager is used to eliminate the running applications if it becomes unresponsive. It shows all the applications running in the background against the current user (you). 

  1. Click on Windows Icon and type Task Manager

    Open the task manager using your start menu or you can also press the “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” Key and you’ll be directed to the UI where you can select the Task Manager.

    Windows 11 - Open Task Manager

  2. Navigate to Users and Click on your name

    Once you click on your name, the dropdown will give you the option to disconnect. Once you are disconnected, you’ll be back on your lock screen.

    Windows 11 - Task Manager - Users - Detailed Mode - Disconnect

How to Lock Your Computer Screen From the Command Prompt

Using a command prompt always looks cool in front of your friends and you can use it to lock the computer as well.  Users using CMD can carry out every action that is possible with Windows graphical user interface. Files can be copied, renamed, or deleted using CMD. Users may even launch apps and make changes to settings. There is a command to lock your computer as well.

  1. Click on Start Menu (Windows Logo) and search for Command Prompt

    Simply click on the windows icon on your personal computer and write “Command Prompt” or simply write “cmd” and press enter. It’ll open up the command prompt.

    Windows 11 - Open Command Prompt

  2. Write Command in CMD

    You’ll be in your user directory, so simply write the following windows command:
    “Rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation”.

    Once this command is executed, you’ll be back on your windows lock screen.

    Windows 11 - Command Prompt - Enter the Cmd

How to Lock the Screen Using the Run Prompt

One of the handy, user-friendly Windows features is the Run command dialogue box. You can access numerous Windows settings, view files and directories, and rapidly run programs. You only need to enter the appropriate command and hit Enter to utilize this tool. It can also be used to lock a computer screen and it is very similar to the previous method. Instead of using the command prompt, you use the Run prompt.

  1. Press Windows Key + R on the Keyboard

    When you press the Windows key + R on the keyboard, it’ll open up the run prompt and you can simply write the same command we used in the previous method and press Ok. 

    Windows 11 - Run - Enter the Cmd

How to Lock the Windows using a Desktop Icon

How to lock your computer screen using a desktop icon? It’s quite a simple method. Follow along.

  1. Right Click on the Desktop

    Simply right-click on the desktop screen, select new, and select Shortcut. So basically, you are creating a windows 10/11 lock screen shortcut on your desktop.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - New - Shortcut

  2. Write the Same Command inside

    Write the same command mentioned while selecting the location of the item and press Next.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Create Shortcut - Type Location - Next

  3. Name The Desktop Lock Icon

    You can name the desktop icon “Lock Screen” and press finish. You’ll notice that the icons have been added to your desktop.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Create Shortcut - Type Location - Lock Screen - Finish

  4. Click the “Lock Screen” Icon

    With a single click on the Lock icon, users can lock their computers.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Create Shortcut - Type Location - Lock Screen - Finish - Result

How to Lock the Screen Using Custom Screen Saver Setting

This method is perfect if you have forgotten to lock your screen before moving away from your workstation. With this method, your PC will automatically lock the screen after a certain amount of time. It’s a good PC locking technique.

  1. Click on Start Menu and Type Change Screen Saver

    First, open up your start menu and type ‘Change Screen Saver’. Once it appears, click on it. It’ll open up your screen-saver settings.

    Windows 11 - Open Change Screen Saver

  2. Set Number of Minutes for Display

    You can select the number of minutes that you’ll allow your desktop to wait before it locks your laptop. Once you are done with that, simply click OK. Now, whenever you forget to lock your windows screen, the computer will automatically lock your windows.

    Windows 11 - Change Screen Saver - Check On Resume - Wait - Accept

How to Lock The Screen from Your Smartphone

It’s probably the coolest way that you allow your PC to lock itself. You can call it a shortcut to lock the screen without any effort. This method locks your computer automatically when you step away from it. The computer detects the strength of the Bluetooth signal from your mobile device. Whenever it detects a signal drop, it will assume that you have left the workstation and the computer will lock itself. So, grab your smartphone and follow along. 

  1. Go to Settings on our Phone and Select Bluetooth

    Grab your phone and enter Bluetooth settings. 

    Android - Settings - BluetoothAndroid - Settings - Bluetooth

  2. Turn on Bluetooth on Your Phone

    Android - Settings - Bluetooth - On

  3. Click on Windows Icon and Go to Settings on your PC

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  4. Navigate to Bluetooth & Devices and Add a new Device

    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Devices - Add Device

  5. Click on Bluetooth

    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth

  6. Select Your Smartphone from your Computer

    Once you select your smartphone, it’ll give you a pin that’ll allow you to pair your PC with your phone.

    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth Mateo

  7. Click on Connect from your Computer and Match The Pin

    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth Mateo - Connect

  8. Match the PIN on your Smartphone as well

    Both the pins on your devices should be matching.

    Android - Settings - Bluetooth - Pair

  9. Click Done

    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth Mateo - Connect - Done

  10. Go to Settings again

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  11. Navigate to Account and Sign-in options

    Windows 11 - Settings - Accounts - Sing-in Options

  12. Enable Dynamic Lock by Checking its Box

    Windows 11 - Settings - Accounts - Sing-in Options - Dynamic Lock - Check Allow Windows