Locking a Windows 10 Machine

Locking a Windows 10 machine has changed slightly since Windows 7. While Windows 7 had all of its features for closing a machine in the same place, Windows 10 has separated them into two different locations. The first one being the Profile Icon and the second being the Power Icon, both of which are located on the left hand side above the start button once the start button is selected. The Profile Icon contains items for your account as well as locking/signing out of a computer. The Power Icon is designed for restarting, shutting down, or putting the computer into sleep mode. While this document is primarily for Windows 10, aspects of it, such as the keyboard shortcuts, can be applied to other operating systems such as Windows 7. For security reasons, all Parkland office computers will lock automatically after 30 minutes of non-use.

Locking a Windows Machine using Shortcuts:

There are two ways you can lock a windows machine using shortcuts. 

The first way is by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del on the keyboard and then selecting Lock from the list of options that appears. 

The second way is by pressing the Windows Key+L to automatically lock your machine.


Locking a Windows Machine through the Start Menu:

1. Click on the Windows icon in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. 


2. Select the Profile Icon and choose Lock.



3. Your computer will then be locked and you will be prompted to enter your password to resume where you left off. It should look like this:





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Keywords:lock; windows; log out; windows 10   Doc ID:85170
Owner:Katherine R.Group:Parkland College
Created:2018-08-23 11:19 CSTUpdated:2018-09-07 14:19 CST
Sites:Parkland College
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