4 Ways to Lock Your Windows 10 Computer

Jump to the Windows 10 lock screen with these shortcuts

A Windows 10 lock screen

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Keep your Windows PC safe from would-be digital vandals by locking your system down using the Windows 10 lock screen feature. It doesn't matter whether you're using a laptop or desktop, all of the following methods will see your system in safe hands.

How to Get Back to the Windows Lock Screen Quickly

The quickest method to jump your system straight back to the Windows lock screen is to use the shortest of Windows shortcuts. It's just a two key combo and your PC is locked up tight. Press the Windows key+L to be taken immediately to the lock screen.

You don't need newfangled shortcuts to lock your desktop or laptop. Windows 10 also offers full support for the most classic of Windows commands: Ctrl+Alt+Delete. That fabled Windows command will take you to a short menu with a few options available. Select Lock and you'll be whisked away to the lock screen and safety.

How to Lock Windows 10 with the Start Menu

Locking Windows 10 with the start menu takes a few extra steps, but it can be achieved without a keyboard, which could be handy in certain situations.

Win 10 screenshot showing lock option

To do so, just follow these steps:

  1. Select the Start button.
  2. Look to the left-hand menu icons and select the top icon representing your user account.
  3. From the secondary menu that appears, select Lock to head straight to the Windows 10 lock screen.

How to Automatically Protect Your System with a Screen Saver

There is a Windows 10 lock screen timeout which automatically sends you back to the Windows login screen after a certain amount of time. You can adjust it in Windows' power options by searching for "power & sleep settings" in the Windows search bar, selecting the Power & Sleep settings, then adjusting the Screen and Sleep timers.

Windows 10 lock screen slideshow options

Alternatively, you can have a screen saver lock the screen for you. Here's how:

  1. Search for "Screen Saver" in the Windows search bar and select Change Screen Saver from the results.
  2. In the window that appears, make sure a screen saver is selected in the Screen Saver drop-down menu.
  3. Choose how long you want the system to wait before the screen saver is enabled.
  4. Tick the On resume, display logon screen box.
Windows 10 screen saver settings

If you want to adjust any details of the screen saver itself, select Settings, then select Preview to test out any changes you might have made to it.