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How To Lock & Unlock Your PC? (Easy SOLUTION!)

How To Lock & Unlock Your PC? (Easy SOLUTION!)

Knowing how to lock and unlock your PC is vital for maintaining its security. But how can you actually lock your PC and how can you unlock it afterwards?

How To Lock Your PC?

To lock your PC, press the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen. Then click on the user icon with your username (or “Admin”) next to it. Select “Lock” from the menu that pops up. Your computer will be locked and require a password to use again.

Click the Windows icon, then select the icon next to your username, then click “Lock”.

After you click the “Lock” button from the Windows Start menu, you’ll need to enter the password for your account to get back in.

So, essentially, you’re logging out without actually logging out and closing down all of your programs. This is a great feature for when you still plan on using your computer, but have to step away for a minute or two.

In some versions of Windows, you may also set a PIN code for unlocking your PC. If you choose to use a PIN code as a sign-in method, then you will need to enter your PIN, and not your account password, to unlock your PC.

You can also try one of the methods below if you want to lock your PC a different way:

Use A Screen Saver

If you set a screen saver on your computer, then a screen saver will pop up if you let your computer idle for a few minutes.

Now, when you move your mouse or press a button on your keyboard, the screen saver will go away, but the computer will be locked!

This is great if you ever have to step away unexpectedly and don’t have time to manually lock your computer. It’s pretty much an automatic lock when the computer is not in use.

To set a screen saver on your PC:

  • Press the Windows Key on your keyboard or Open Up the Start Menu by clicking the Windows icon in the bottom left corner
  • Type in and search for “Settings” then open up the Settings app
  • Select “Personalization” from the list of settings
  • On the left side pane, select “Lock screen”
  • Scroll down and look for the blue text that says “Screen saver settings”
  • Select a Screen saver and check the box next to “On resume, display logon screen”
  • Next to “Wait:” select how many minutes you want your computer to wait before locking

After you’ve followed all of these steps, your computer will lock after idling for however long you choose! Make sure you checked the checkbox, so that after your computer wakes up it will be on the login screen.

You won’t be fully logged out, so all of your programs will still be running, but your computer will be locked and secure.

Note: If you’re on an older version of Windows, you’ll have to access the screen saver settings via the Control Panel in the “Appearance & Personalization” options.

Ctrl-Alt-Delete Menu

Usually pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete is reserved for opening up Task Manager or troubleshooting problems, but it can also be used for locking your computer.

If you press Control-Alt-Delete on your keyboard, your screen will turn blue and you’ll see a menu of options. At the top of this menu will be a “Lock” button.

You can simply click that lock button to lock your PC. Locking your PC this way will be the exact same as locking it any other way. You’ll be “logged out”, and need to enter your password (or PIN) again in order to use the computer.

Shortcut To Lock Your PC?

Pressing (Windows Key) + L will immediately lock your PC. Pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and the L key at the same time will lock your PC automatically. After you lock your PC with the Windows-L shortcut, you will need to enter a password (or PIN) in order to log back in and resume use of your computer.

Windows-L is the quickest way to lock your PC by far, and it makes sense intuitively since “Lock”, of course, starts with “L”.

Locking your computer like this is also a fantastic way to show off in front of strangers, friends, and coworkers alike since it’s not a very well-known method.

Just remember, you’ll have to re-enter your password (or PIN) in order to unlock your computer, so if you don’t have the account’s password, you shouldn’t lock the PC.

How To Lock Your PC With A Password?

To lock your PC with a password, you have to set up a password or PIN (Open up Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Password). Once your account has a password or PIN, you can lock your PC via the Start Menu or by pressing the Windows Key and L at the same time. This will lock your PC with a password.

If your computer already has a password, then all you have to do is lock your computer and it will automatically require a password to enter.

There are many ways of locking your computer, but the easiest is by pressing the Windows-L shortcut. If that shortcut doesn’t work, then you can use the Start Menu (click the bottom left Windows icon).

From there you can select the profile icon, with your account name next to it, then select “Lock”.

You can also read above if you want to set up a screensaver that will automatically lock your PC with a password when it’s not in use!

How To Lock Your Computer Screen So It Doesn’t Move?

You can lock your computer screen so it doesn’t move or rotate by opening up your Windows settings (press the Windows Key and search for “Settings”), selecting “System”, then selecting “Display” on the left-hand pane. Afterwards, scroll down and enable “Rotation lock” under the “Scale and layout” heading.

You may also be able to enable rotation lock quickly by opening up your Action Center (Windows Key + A). Once the Action Center is open, one of the buttons in the menu should say “Rotation lock”.

If the button is blue, then Rotation lock is enabled and your screen will be locked in place and shouldn’t rotate anymore.

Once you’ve turned rotation lock on, your computer screen should stop moving. If it still moves afterwards, make sure that your settings are saved after enabling rotation lock.

If rotation lock is enabled but your screen keeps moving and rotating, try restarting your computer and checking that rotation lock is still enabled.

How To Unlock Your PC?

To unlock your PC, you need to enter the password of the active account that is currently logged out. Alternatively, you can login to any other account on the computer to unlock it. If the computer’s screen is black or there is a screen saver, move the mouse or press a keyboard button and then unlock the PC.

You’re pretty much going to need the account password to unlock the computer, so if you don’t have it you’ll have to find a way to get it.

If there are other non-password-locked accounts on the computer, you can sign into them instead to unlock the PC.

You can only unlock a computer without the account password if you have previously created a password disk/thumbdrive on the computer.

Without a password disk, you’ll pretty much need to reset the computer with a Windows installation disk, which will take a lot of time and effort.

There is software out there that claims to unlock computers, but it is not from Windows and I personally wouldn’t trust it.

What To Do If Your Computer Won’t Unlock?

If your computer won’t unlock, then the best thing to do is to shutdown the computer and then turn the computer back on. You can either shutdown the computer with the on-screen power button, or by holding the physical power button. If this still doesn’t work, you will need to boot into recovery mode.

If you enter the password for your account and Windows doesn’t unlock your computer and log you in, then something is wrong.

A hard reset should hopefully fix the issue, so hold your power button down and wait for your computer to turn off, and then turn it back on. This option is unfortunate if you have important files open, but there’s really no other way.

If your computer still doesn’t unlock after a hard-reset then you’ll need to open your computer in safe mode and see if you can get into your PC that way.

If so, you may be able to reset your password or unlock the account that is giving you issues. In the worst case scenario, you may be able to create a new account to use while you figure a way back into your old account.

What Is The Point Of Locking Your PC?

Locking your computer is crucial for keeping it safe and preventing others from accessing your files while you’re away. You should always lock your computer if you’re in public or any environment (work, library, coffee shop, etc) where someone could try to access your computer while you’re away from it.

If you just use your computer at home, and you’re not worried about any friends, kids, roommates, etc snooping through your files, then you don’t really need to lock your PC.

However, if you use your computer in places where you don’t know and trust everyone, then locking your computer is a smart idea.

Even at work, if you have to step away from your computer for a bit, it’s smart to have a lock on it. A lock will prevent any malicious coworker or stranger from pulling a mean prank on you or sabotaging your work.

In fact, some companies require employees to lock their computers while not at their desk. My first internship in college was at a tech company, and I would sometimes go to lunch without locking my PC.

To teach me a lesson, my senior colleagues changed the background on my account to a picture of shirtless Chuck Norris–I never forgot to lock my PC again!

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