When you lock the computer, it protects the computer from unauthorized use when you need to step away from the PC, and don't want to sign out or shut down causing everything open to be closed.
When you lock the computer, you will be taken to the lock screen by default to dismiss and sign in when ready to continue where you left off. Other users can still sign in to their accounts from the sign-in screen.
This tutorial will show you different ways to lock the computer in Windows 11.
If you disable the lock screen, you will be taken to the sign-in screen when you lock the computer instead of the lock screen.
If you have Secure sign-in enabled, users will be required to press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys on the lock screen to unlock it and sign in.
- Option One: Lock Computer using Keyboard Shortcut
- Option Two: Lock Computer from Start Menu
- Option Three: Lock Computer from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen
- Option Four: Lock Computer from Task Manager
- Option Five: Lock Computer using Command
- Option Six: Turn On or Off Screen Saver to Automatically Lock Computer when Idle
- Option Seven: Turn On or Off Dynamic Lock to Automatically Lock Computer when Step Away
EXAMPLE: lock screen
Press the Win + L keys.
Open the Start menu .
Click/tap on the account icon to open the account picture menu. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Lock.
Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Lock.
Open Task Manager in more details view.
Click/tap on the Users tab, select your account, and click/tap on Disconnect. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Disconnect user to confirm. (see screenshot below)
Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.
Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Lock screen on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Screen saver on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Do step 5 (on) or step 6 (off) below for what you want.
This is the default setting.
For how, see:
- Enable or Disable Lock Computer in Windows 11
- Automatically Lock Computer after Inactivity in Windows 11
- Turn On or Off Dynamic Lock to Automatically Lock Windows 11
- Enable or Disable Lock Screen in Windows 11
- Enable or Disable Ctrl+Alt+Delete Secure Sign-in on Lock Screen in Windows 11
- Change Lock Screen Background to Windows Spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow in Windows 11
- Enable or Disable Lock Screen Background Motion in Windows 11
- Use Find My Device to Remotely Lock your Windows 11 Device
- Sign in to Windows 11
- Sign out of Windows 11
- Change Lock Screen Time to 12 or 24 hour Clock Format in Windows 11
- Enable or Disable Facts, Tips, and Tricks on Lock Screen in Windows 11
- Add "Lock computer and Turn off display" Context Menu in Windows 11