Lock it up! Protect your system with the Windows 10 lock screen

Keep your Windows PC safe from digital vandals by locking your system using the Windows 10 lock screen feature. No matter you are using a laptop or desktop, all the following methods will see your system in safe hands. .

How to quickly return to the Windows lock screen

The fastest method to go straight back to the Windows lock screen is to use the shortest of Windows shortcuts. It is just a combination of two keys and your PC is well locked. Press Windows key + L to immediately go to the lock screen.

You don’t need new shortcuts to lock your desktop or laptop. Windows 10 also offers full support for the most classic Windows commands: Ctrl + Alt + Delete This Windows command will take you to a short menu with some available options. Select Lock and you will be taken to the lock and security screen.

How to lock Windows 10 with the Start menu

Locking Windows 10 with the Start Menu requires a few extra steps, but it can be accomplished without a keyboard, which can be useful in certain situations.

To do this, just follow these steps:

  1. Select the Start button .
  2. Look at the icons on the left menu and select the top icon that represents your user account.
  3. In the secondary menu that appears, select Lock to go directly to the Windows 10 lock screen.

How to automatically protect your system with a screen saver

There is a Windows 10 lock screen timeout that automatically returns you to the Windows login screen after a certain amount of time. You can adjust it in Windows power options by searching for “ power & sleep settings ” in the Windows search bar, selecting the Power & Sleep setting, and then adjusting the Screen and Sleep timers .

Alternatively, you can have a screensaver 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. In the window that appears, make sure a screen saver is selected in the Screen Saver drop -down menu .
  3. Choose how long you want the system to wait before activating the screen saver.
  4. Check the On resume, show the login screen box .

If you want to adjust any details of the screen saver, select Settings , and then select Preview to test any changes you may have made to it.