Locking Your Screen

Locking your Windows computer screen is an important part of data security as it protects your data from wandering eyes, or even intentional browsing in your absence. This is especially true in an office or lab setting.

Windows 7

Here are four ways to lock your screen in Windows 7:

  1. Press Ctrl - Alt - Delete and choose Lock this computer.
  2. Hold down the Windows Key and press L for a quicker way to lock your screen.
  3. Click the Start button in the bottom left corner. Click the arrow beside Shut down and choose Lock.
  4. Lock your screen automatically using a screen saver.
    1. Click the Start button and choose Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization
    2. Under Personalization choose Change screen saver
    3. Select a Screen saver and check the box that says On resume, display logon screen
    4. You can adjust the time to wait before the screen locks as well.

Windows 10

Here are four ways to lock your screen in Windows 10:

  1. Press Ctrl - Alt - Delete and choose Lock.
  2. Hold down the Windows Key and press L for a quicker way to lock your screen.
  3. Click the Start button in the bottom-left corner. Click the user icon and then select Lock.
  4. Lock your screen automatically using a screen saver.
    1. Click the Start button and choose Settings > Personalization.
    2. On the left choose Lock screen.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the window and choose Screen saver settings
    4. Select a Screen saver and check the box that says On resume, display logon screen
    5. You can adjust the time to wait before the screen locks as well.