4 Different Ways To Lock A Windows 10 Computer And Secure Your Data

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut for Locking Your Windows 10 PC

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  • If you want to protect your work, you can lock Windows 10 from your keyboard or start menu.
  • You can also create a desktop shortcut for locking your Windows 10 PC.
  • When the Windows 10 is locked, you have to use the password for your account to open it again.

 

It doesn’t matter if you use your computer for work tasks or personal use, you should protect your work by locking your computer.

Luckily, there are many different ways you can lock your PC with Windows 10 operating system.

In this guide, you’ll learn how easy is to prevent your personal information from being seen by other people. Here are 4 simple ways to lock a Windows 10 computer and quickly secure your data.

How To Lock Screen In Windows 10

Use Ctrl + Alt + Delete Keys To Lock PC

The most used method to lock your screen in Windows 10 is pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time on the keyboard. After you press all the keys, simply click on the lock option in the pop-up screen.

Use Ctrl +Alt + Delete Keys To Lock PC
Use the Ctrl + Alt + Delete to lock your computer. Credit: Nechstar

Use Windows Key + L

Another keyboard shortcut you can use is Windows Key + L. Press these two keys at the same time on your keyboard and the system will quickly lock you out and take you to the lock screen.

Use Windows Key + L to lock PC
Use Windows Key + L to lock PC. Credit: Nechstar

Use Start Button To Lock Screen PC

If you don’t like shortcuts, then click on the Start button, and tap on the User icon (your account name) and you will see a Lock option. Click on it to lock the screen of your computer.

Use Start Button To Lock Screen PC
Use the Start button to lock the screen on the PC. Credit: Nechstar / Click to zoom.

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut for Locking Your Windows 10 PC

The last way to lock the computer with Windows 10 is by creating a desktop shortcut you can click on and lock the system.

 

 

STEP 1: Right-click in any blank area on your desktop and click on New and then Shortcut.

STEP 2: A new Create Shortcut dialog window appears. Enter the following text

Rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

in the Type the location of the item field. Now click on the Next button.

Create a Desktop Shortcut for Locking Your Windows
You can simply create a desktop shortcut for locking your Windows 10 PC. Credit: Nechstar / Click to zoom.

STEP 3: When you see a new screen, type a Name for the shortcut, and click on Finish.

That’s all. The shortcut will appear on your desktop and when you click on it it will lock your PC.

If you don’t like the look of the icon, right-click the shortcut and choose Properties. Then in the Shortcut tab click the Change Icon button. You should see a list of icons you can use. Select the one you want o use and click OK. Then click OK to apply changes

Important: We are always recommending to lock your PC every time you step away from it.