Accounts Turn On or Off Dynamic Lock to Automatically Lock Windows 11

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Locking the computer protects it 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.

Windows can use devices that are paired with your PC to help detect when you’re away, and lock your PC shortly after your paired device is out of Bluetooth range. This makes it more difficult for someone to gain access to your device if you step away from your PC and forget to lock it.

Dynamic lock requires using Bluetooth to pair your phone with your Windows 11 PC.

Once they’re paired, take your phone with you when you walk away, and your PC will automatically lock a minute or so after you’re out of Bluetooth range.

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Dynamic Lock for your account in Windows 11 to automatically lock the computer when you step away from it.


Contents






OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Dynamic Lock in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Sign-in options on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap Dynamic lock on the right side to expand it open, and check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you're away for what you want. (see screenshots below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Dynamic Lock using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


2 Turn On Dynamic Lock

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_on_Dynamic_Lock_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"EnableGoodbye"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off Dynamic Lock

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_off_Dynamic_Lock_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"EnableGoodbye"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


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