- 1 How to Lock Your Windows Screen Using Start Menu
- 2 How to Lock the Computer Screen Using the “Windows + L” Hotkey
- 3 How to Lock Your Screen Using Ctrl+Alt+Delete
- 4 How to Lock Your Computer using Task Manager
- 5 How to Lock Your Computer Screen From the Command Prompt
- 6 How to Lock the Screen Using the Run Prompt
- 7 How to Lock the Windows using a Desktop Icon
- 8 How to Lock the Screen Using Custom Screen Saver Setting
- 9 How to Lock The Screen from Your Smartphone
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.
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.
- 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”.
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.
- Press Window Key + L
Simply press the Windows key + L on your keyboard and it'll put you on your computer lock screen.
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.
- 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.
- Click on Lock
Simply click on Lock and you'll be directed to your PC lock screen.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Write Command in CMD
You'll be in your user directory, so simply write the following windows command:
Once this command is executed, you'll be back on your windows lock screen.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Write the Same Command inside
Write the same command mentioned while selecting the location of the item and press Next.
- 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.
- Click the “Lock Screen” Icon
With a single click on the Lock icon, users can lock their computers.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Go to Settings on our Phone and Select Bluetooth
Grab your phone and enter Bluetooth settings.
- Turn on Bluetooth on Your Phone
- Click on Windows Icon and Go to Settings on your PC
- Navigate to Bluetooth & Devices and Add a new Device
- Click on Bluetooth
- 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.
- Click on Connect from your Computer and Match The Pin
- Match the PIN on your Smartphone as well
Both the pins on your devices should be matching.
- Click Done
- Go to Settings again
- Navigate to Account and Sign-in options
- Enable Dynamic Lock by Checking its Box