How to Lock Your Windows 11 PC (5 Easy Ways) | TechHarry

How to Lock Your Windows 11 PC

With the launch of this amazing operating system, we have known lots of great features of Windows 11. Like we can remove Microsoft Teams from Windows 11 or steps to free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 with some easy steps.

So, now here we'll only discuss the various ways to easily lock your Windows 11 system.

How to Lock Windows 11 PC?

Leaving your Windows 11 PC locked is a great way to protect the data inside it. Not even from stealers but from kids too. Kids can damage your hard-worked data if you leave your PC without locking it. So, here are several ways for "How to Lock Your Windows 11 PC?" so that your PC never gets into anyone's bad hands. And you will also see a new Windows software feature while locking your Windows 11 PC. So, let's get started.

Main Difference Between Locking, and Signing Out or Shutting Down

When we "Lock" our PC, we actually don't use a key-hole lock like locks on the cycles. Instead, we use a software lock feature built into Windows.

While you lock your PC, Windows shows a login screen with a circular framed profile pic on the screen, and a password field where we type our password to get access to our system back. Windows always keep your work activities (what you were working on before locking it) remains under the hood on the lock screen. You can get access to all of your work, and every window will be there opened when you sign in to your login account.

But, on the other hand, Signing Out or Shutting Down is not meant for opening your work windows open when you again sign up or restart your system. In that case, every task is turned Off in signed-out condition and every CPU work has been shut off after shutting off your computer completely.

Lock Windows 11 Using a Keyboard Shortcut

Lock Windows 11 Using a Keyboard Shortcut

Locking the Windows 11 using a keyboard shortcut is the fastest way to lock your system. You just have to click Windows key + 'L' key at the same on the keyboard and Windows will automatically be locked and instantly switched to the login screen.

Lock Windows 11 From the Start Menu

Lock Windows 11 From the Start Menu

Locking Windows from the start menu is also a very quick way to lock Windows 11. For this, click on the Start Menu -> click on your profile icon on the bottom-left corner -> then select "Lock". After clicking it, your PC will be instantly locked and switched back to the login screen.

Lock Windows 11 with Another Keyboard Key  Combination

This way of locking Windows 11 is also very simple to perform. To lock Windows 11 PC, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your keyboard. You'll see a black background screen with some menu options. Click on the 'Lock' button and your PC will be instantly locked.

Lock Windows 11 Automatically Using Dynamic Lock

Lock Windows 11 Automatically Using Dynamic Lock

Users can also lock Windows 11 PC automatically when they walk away from it. This feature is called Dynamic Lock. To do so, users just need to connect their smartphone with their Windows 11 PC using Bluetooth. Then open Settings (Windows key + 'i') and go to Accounts -> Sign-in Options. Now scroll down to the "Dynamic Lock" menu and check the box beside "Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you're away." Then close the Settings. Now, the next time you walk away from your PC, Windows 11 will detect that you have gone and your PC will be locked automatically.

Lock Automatically During Inactivity

Lock Windows 11 Automatically During Inactivity Using Screen Saver

In case, you have to walk away from your PC in a meeting or something, your Windows 11 PC automatically locks itself after a certain period of time in your absence. To do so, open Start and search for "screen saver", then click "Turn Screen Saver On or Off" in the "Settings." When the "Settings" window opens, choose screen saver from the drop-down menu, then set a time in the "Wait" box so that you can choose a time to lock your PC after a time you set. In the end, just click the checkbox beside "On resume, display logon screen." Then click "OK". From now on, whenever Windows detects inactivity, it will automatically show the screen saver and your Windows 11 PC will be automatically locked.

Also Read: How to Upgrade Your PC to Windows 11 for Free


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