Enabling Screen Lock on Windows

Before learning about the different ways of initiating the lock screen, you must set a password first. This is done by going through the Accounts settings.

Setting/Changing a Password

  1. Open the Settings Window. You can do this by clicking on the start button and clicking on the settings cog between the user icon and the power button

  2. Start Menu

  3. Select Accounts located towards the bottom of the window.

  4. Settings

  5. Click on Sign-In Options on the left then Set or Change your password.

  6. Change Password

Locking Methods

There are a few different ways of locking your screen: Through Screen Savers, Keyboard Shortcuts, and the Start Menu. One is not necessarily better than the other; whichever one you feel most comfortable with doing is the best choice.

  • Screen Saver

    1. From the Sign-In Options menu, scroll down and click on the blue Lock Screen link under Related Settings.

    2. lock screen Shortcut

    3. Select Screen Saver Settings at the bottom of the new settings window that loads.

    4. Screensaver Settings

    5. Check the "On resume, display logon screen" box. Setting the timer to 10 minutes or less is recommended. Setting the time lower will give greater security.

    6. Screen Saver
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

    1. Press Win-L. This will immediately lock your screen and require a password to get back on. The Windows Key is located on the bottom row of your keyboard and has the Windows logo on it.
    2. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, then Lock.

    3. Interrupt Lock
  • Start Menu

    1. Click on the Start Button, then the user icon, then lock.

    2. Start Menu Lock

Windows 8/Windows 8.1

Before learning about the different ways of initiating the lock screen, you must set a password first. This is done by going through the Accounts settings.

Setting/Changing a Password

  1. Open the PC Settings window. You can do this by clicking on the start button and then typing it in the search bar.

  2. Start Menu

  3. Select Accounts located towards the bottom of the window, then select Sign-In Options on the left. Then Set or Change your password.

  4. Settings

Locking Methods

There are a few different ways of locking your screen: Through Screen Savers, Keyboard Shortcuts, and the Start Menu. One is not necessarily better than the other; whichever one you feel most comfortable with doing is the best choice.

  • Screen Saver

    1. Right click on the Desktop, then select Personalize.

    2. Right Click

    3. Select Screen Saver at the bottom of the window that appears.

    4. Screensaver

    5. Check the "On resume, display logon screen" box. Setting the timer to 10 minutes or less is recommended. Setting the time lower will give greater security.

    6. On Resume
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

    1. Press Win-L. This will immediately lock your screen and require a password to get back on. The Windows Key is located on the bottom row of your keyboard and has the Windows logo on it.
    2. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, then Lock.

    3. Interrupt Lock
  • Start Menu

    1. Click on the Start Button, then the user icon at the top of the screen, then Lock.

    2. Start Menu Lock
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Article ID: 1807
Created: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 5:22pm
Modified: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 2:10pm