How to Lock the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

There are a few ways to sign in and out of a Surface

What to Know

  • You can lock the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 by pressing the Power button on the keyboard.
  • Alternatively, you can lock the laptop by pressing Windows+L.

This article explains how to lock a Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

How to Lock the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

You can lock the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 by pressing the Power button found in the keyboard's upper right corner (between the PgDn and Del keys). This will turn off the display and lock the laptop.

A photo of the Surface Laptop 4's power button


Alternatively, you can use the Windows+L keyboard shortcut. Pressing these keys simultaneously will lock the Surface Laptop 4 but won't turn off the display.

Finally, you can lock the Surface Laptop 4 by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete. The display will turn blue and offer several options. Tap Lock. This will lock the laptop but won't turn off the display.

You can also lock the Surface Laptop 4 by putting it to sleep. Read our guide to Windows 10's sleep mode for more. Shutting down the laptop also effectively locks it, as Windows 10 always requires sign-in when it starts.

How to Unlock the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

You can unlock the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 by signing in to Windows 10 with any available account. In most cases, you'll be prompted to sign-in automatically when you open the laptop. If this doesn't happen, press the Power button on the keyboard.

There's several ways to sign-in and unlock the Surface Laptop 4.

You can only unlock the Surface Laptop 4 with a sign-in option that's already set up. In most cases, however, you'll at least be prompted to enter a password, as the Windows 10 setup process asks you to create a password when you set up a Surface device.

How Do I Change My Sign-in Options?

The sign-in options listed above are all found in the Sign-in options menu. Here's how to access it.

  1. Tap Windows Start.

  2. Select Settings.

    A screenshot of the Windows Start menu
  3. Select Accounts.

    A screenshot of the Microsoft Windows 10 Settings menu
  4. Tap Sign-in options.

    A screenshot of the Windows 10 account info menu
  5. Alternatively, you can perform a Windows Search for Sign-in options. It should appear as the first result.

    A screenshot of the Windows 10 sign-in options menu

Sign-in options will list all the ways you can potentially sign in to the Surface Laptop. You can set up each option by selecting it with your mouse and following the on-screen instructions.

Sign-in options will list an option that doesn't work by default: Windows Hello Fingerprint. The Surface Laptop 4 doesn't have a fingerprint reader. You can buy a third-party fingerprint reader and connect it over USB, however.

How Do I Skip Microsoft Sign-In? 

As mentioned, there's a good chance your Surface Laptop 4 is already setup to unlock by signing in with a password, and there's a good chance that password is tied to your Microsoft account. Windows 10 nudges you towards this login method when you first set up a Surface device.

However, you can skip Microsoft sign-in by switching to a local account. Read our guide to using a Windows 10 local account for the details.

Switching to a local account will remove useful security features like device encryption and the ability to remotely manage or lock a device if it's lost. We recommend you keep Microsoft sign-in enabled if you're already using it.

How Do I Log Into My Surface Without a Password?

You can log in to your Surface without a password by removing your Microsoft account, as described above. You're free to remove all sign-in protections once that is complete (and some, like Windows Hello, are disabled if you use a local account).

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