This article describes how to quickly lock your computer as well as the other Windows logo shortcut keys that you can use.
Windows XP includes a new Microsoft Natural Keyboard shortcut to lock your computer. Any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key and the Application key can also perform this task.
To use this shortcut, press the Windows logo key+L. The following list has different computer lock-up scenarios that are available to you, as well as other ways to lock the computer:
Fast User Switching Enabled
If the Fast User Switching feature is enabled and you lock the computer, you can observe the same behavior as if you switched users: The computer returns to the Welcome screen and other users can log on to the computer.
Fast User Switching Disabled
If the Fast User Switching feature is disabled and you lock the computer, the Unlock Computer
dialog box is displayed that requires the current logged-on user to enter a password to unlock the computer.
Welcome Screen Enabled
If the Welcome screen is enabled, the computer can also be locked if you press CTRL+ALT+DELETE (to open Task Manager), and then click Lock Computer
or click Switch User
on the Shut Down
: The ability to observe "Lock Computer" or "Switch User" on the Shut Down
menu is dependent upon whether or not the Fast User Switching feature is enabled.
Welcome Screen Disabled
If the Welcome screen is disabled, you can lock the computer if you press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and then click Lock Computer
in the Windows Security
In all of the preceding scenarios, the "Windows logo key+L" shortcut can lock the computer. If you do not have a password that is set for your user account, anyone can unlock your computer. To set a password for your user account: In Control Panel, double-click User accounts
, select your user account, and then click Create a password
You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts with a Microsoft Natural Keyboard or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key and the Application key.
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|Press|| To |
|Windows logo key||Display or hide the Start menu|
|Windows logo key+L||Lock the computer|
|Windows logo key+BREAK||Display the System Properties dialog box|
|Windows logo key+D||Show the desktop|
|Windows logo key+M||Minimize all windows|
|Windows logo key+SHIFT+M||Restore minimized windows|
|Windows logo key+E||Open My Computer|
|Windows logo key+F||Search for a file or folder|
|CTRL+Windows logo key+F||Search for computers|
|Windows logo key+F1||Display Windows Help|
|Windows logo key+R||Open the Run dialog box|
|Windows logo key+U||Open Utility Manager|
|Application key||Display the Shortcut menu for the selected item|