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How to lock screen on Windows 10

Windows 10 belongs to a collection of operating systems created by the computer company, Microsoft. Windows 10, in particular, stands out for its ability to accommodate universal applications among several of Microsoft’s products. Among these are gadgets like smartphones, Xbox One, tablets as well as PCs.

Starting early 2020, approximately 70 % of the older computers using Windows are running Windows 10 operating system. Its new desktop design features a new approach for the start button which is now represented by an icon.

Also, they installed a feature called Task view which allows the desktop user to view all their active windows and pick which one to work one. To keep all of these functions safe from third parties, let’s look at the different ways to lock the screen on your Windows 10 computer.

See also: How to save space in Windows 10

Locking your screen

This can be done in four ways:

  1. Press the Windows + L keys on your keyboard.
  2. Press Control + Alt + Delete and select the ‘Lock Screen’ option
  3. Click on the Start icon, then the User icon and select the Lock

The first three are fast and effective. Now we will look at a more detailed option that involves going through the Control Panel.

  1. This one involves pre-setting your machine so that it locks the screen by itself when you are not using it. Navigate to the Control Panel then go to Appearance and Personalization, before changing the screen saver and finally, be sure to click on the option for ‘On resume, display logon screen’.

You also have the option of setting the amount of time with no activity that should lapse before the screensaver comes on. If your computer is password-protected, you will need the password to get back into your computer.

If your Windows 10 doesn’t have this option in the Control panel (and some don’t), then alternatively, you can go through Settings.

To do this, click on Settings, then Personalization and finally click on the Lock screen.

  1. Another way of pre-setting your computer for locking the screen involves creating a shortcut on your Desktop.

First, go to the desktop, point your cursor at an empty spot and right-click. Select a new shortcut and in the location space, type in the following:

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation and then finish by clicking ‘Next’. Not to worry, this is a one-time action; you won’t be required to do it again.

Finally, you’ll be prompted to type in a name for this new shortcut so you name it something like ‘Go to Sleep’. After that, all you’ll have to do is double-click on the icon anytime that you want to step away from your computer. If finding this icon on your desktop is too much of a hassle, Windows 10 gives you the option of putting it on your Taskbar. Just right-click the icon and choose the ‘Pin to Start’ option.

Customizing your Lock screen:

Windows 10 has taken the lock screen feature a notch further by putting in steps that allow you to make the lock screen feature look and feel like you. This means that you can go about customizing your lock screen by using your pictures, albums or fun facts from the internet that interest you. This is how you can go about it:

Once you get to the Lock Screen page after going through Settings, from the Background option you can either choose the Windows Spotlight, Picture or Slideshow for your screensaver. If you decide on the slideshow, then select the folder(s) from which to play the slide show.

Windows Spotlight works by regularly downloading new images using Bing on Internet Explorer and alternating between the images every time you sign in to your computer, therefore keeping you entertained.

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