You are working on something important or you have applications running, you decide to leave your computer for a while, but you don’t want anyone to use it. How can we do it? For these situations it is best lock the PC and in Windows 10 doing it is extremely simple.
Once we lock our PC, in order to start it again we will have to enter the password to be able to pass the lock screen. Applications that are running will continue to work while it is locked.
It’s a great way to put your computer down for a while and be sure that no one will use it, for whatever reason. In today’s article we will see 10 ways to lock down a Windows 10 PC.
Lock Windows 10 PC from Start Menu
From the start menu it is quite easy to lock the computer. We are simply going to have to click on the start button that is in the lower left part of the screen and in the drop-down menu we will have to click on the icon of our profile.
A submenu is displayed where we will have a few options, among which is that of “Block”.
Use the keyboard to lock Windows 10
With the keyboard we can also block Windows 10 quickly, ideal for when we are quite in a hurry. For this we will simply have to press “Windows + L”And in this way the PC is automatically locked.
Ctrl + Alt + Delete
On many occasions we have used the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Del to close unresponsive applications or games from Task Manager. But another option that we can appreciate is to block the PC in Windows 10.
From the task manager
Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of the operating system. After this select “Task Manager”. In case you don’t have it expanded, click on “More details”At the bottom left of this window.
Then we go to the tab “Users”And we select our user. Next, we are simply going to click on “Disconnect”In the lower right and confirm.
Lock PC from command prompt or CMD
We can also do this from the command prompt. For this we simply press “Start“And then we write”CMD”. The command that we must enter is the following: Rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation
Lock Windows from run
It is basically the same as we do in the command prompt, we press “Start“And then we are going to write”Run“And press”Enter”. A small window opens where we will enter the command: Rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation
Create shortcut to lock Windows 10 PC
Another method is to create a shortcut to lock the computer in this way by simply clicking on it we will have our PC locked.
To do this we are going to right click on an empty area of our desktop and then we are going to “New“And select”Direct access”.
A new window opens to create shortcut and we are going to write Rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation in the location of it.
Then we write the name that this shortcut will have and click on “Finalize”. When you double click you can lock your computer quickly.
Set up the screen saver
What we can do is configure it in the Windows screen saver. For this press “Start” and writes “Screen saver”. You must click on “Change screen saver”In the search results.
Here you will have to set a screensaver from the drop down menu and the idle time for it to activate. But the important thing is that you check the option “Show login screen when resuming”.
This method is a bit more insecure than the rest, since it is not immediate, it depends on the time you previously configured.
Configure a dynamic lock in Windows 10
For this we are going to use Dynamic Lock which is a function that is responsible for automatically blocking our computer when we move away from it. For this we will need to have our mobile device.
We will have to link the mobile phone with the computer. For this we simply have to activate Bluetooth in Android from the options of “Settings”And then we will do the same from our computer Windows + I> Devices> Bluetooth.
Select your phone from the computer and you will have to confirm the PIN for them to link. Next, we will have to enable dynamic locking. For this we will simply have to go to Settings> Accounts> Login Options and we are going to go down until we find the section “Dynamic lock”.
We select the box “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you are away”And in this way every time we move away (with the mobile) Windows will automatically block.
Windows 10 Remote Lock
It is best to lock the computer if we are going to stay away from it for too long. However, it may happen that we forget this. What can we do? We can resort to remote blocking.
It is quite easy to configure, we will simply have to enable the “Find my device” in the computer. We log in with our account of “Microsoft“And then click on”Show details”Under the device we want to block.
Now what we will do is go to the tab “Find my device“And we simply click on”To block”.
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