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 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.

These instructions apply to all versions of Windows 10.

How to Get Back to the Windows Lock Screen

The quickest method to jump your system to the Windows lock screen is to use the Win+L shortcut.

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 offering several core options. Select Lock and you'll be whisked to the lock screen.

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
  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.

How to Automatically Protect Your System With a Screen Saver

A Windows 10 lock-screen timeout automatically locks the computer after a certain amount of time. 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, let 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. Select an option from the Screen Saver drop-down menu.
  3. Choose how long you want the system to wait before the screen saver activates.
  4. Tick the On resume, display logon screen box.
Windows 10 screen saver settings

To adjust any details of the screen saver itself, select Settings, then select Preview to test your selection.