How to Quickly Lock Screen in Windows 10?

You may need to quickly lock screen in Windows 10 if you want to keep off wondering eyes from your picture or other activities happening on your computer screen. This article provides 3 ways for locking your computer screen before prying eyes can see what’s going on your screen.

Lock Screen In Windows 10

Quickly Lock Screen In Windows 10:

First Method

From anywhere on your computer screen, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete on your keyboard. From the options that display, press Enter. Your computer will instantly lock.

Second Method

Hold down the Windows key and then press Lon your keyboard. This is by far the quickest way to lock your screen in Windows 10.

Third Method

This option requires not keyboard shortcuts but mouse action. Select the “Start” icon from the bottom-left screen of your computer screen. Then click on your User’s account profile icon, and choose Lock or Lock Screen.

The above three methods are by far the quickest way to lock your Windows 10 screen. But if you would like to lock your Windows 10 screen with a shortcut, then the additional method below will help you.

What is the shortcut for a lock screen in Windows 10?

If using keystrokes is way more too much for you to handle, you can simply create an icon on the home screen for instant screen locking.

  1. Right-click a blank area on the Desktop Screen.
  2. Click New and then select Shortcut.
  3. From the shortcut creation screen, type “C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll, Lock Work Station” without the quotes.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Name the shortcut and click Finish. For easy reference, you may want to use Lock or Lock Screen as the shortcut’s name.

From now on, just double-click the shortcut icon on your desktop screen to lock your computer screen. To make this locking option faster and easier, you can pin the shortcut to the taskbar.

How do you customize your lock screen?

Navigate to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen to customize the feel and look of your lock screen. On the lock screen settings page, you can change your background image and add even more features.

Alternatively, you can type Lock Screen Settings in the Windows search bar and press enter.

While there are many things you can customize on the Lock Screen settings page, here is how to change your lock-screen background image.

Under Personalization, select “Background.” Depending on your Windows edition, you could see Windows spotlight, Picture, Slideshow, and Solid color when you select the drop-down.

If you choose Windows spotlight, Windows will download different images from Bing and display them periodically. Go for the Picture option if you rather Windows display a static image of your choice. Here, you can choose any photos, including yours, from your computer folders.

Picking the Slideshow option means you want Windows to select more than one image and display them as slideshows. If you want a particular color such as blue, red, and yellow to be your lock screen background image, then choose Solid Colors.

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How do I get rid of the lock screen in Windows 10?

To disable the lock screen in Windows 10 Home edition, follow the steps below.

  1. Type Regedit in the search bar and press Enter on your keyboard.
  2. From the windows that appear, locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE from the left-sidebar and double-click it.
  3. From the drop-down list, double-click SOFTWARE.
  4. Double-click Policies.
  5. Double-click Microsoft.
  6. Right-click Windows and select New.
  7. Click Key.
  8. Name the Key Personalization.
  9. Right-click on the Personalization key that you just created.
  10. Click New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  11. Name the DWORD you just created NoLockScreen.
  12. Now double-click the DWORD.
  13. In the Value Data field, type 1, and click ok. This step will disable your Windows 10 lock screen.

How Do I Enable Window Lock Screen?

To re-activate the lock screen, change the value from 1 in step 13 above to 0. This will automatically re-enable the lock screen.

With the above instructions, I hope you can now quickly lock screen in Windows 10.

Ahnaf Nihin is a senior content writer at Gametechia. He's having 10 years of experience in Technology and troubleshooting topics. Coming from a background in engineering, you will often see his writing stuff related to How To's, Android, and iOS.