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Windows 7: Create a Shortcut to Lock Your Computer

If you want to lock your Windows workstation there are a couple of different key combinations you can use. You can also create a shortcut and pin it on the Windows 7 Taskbar.

First right click the Desktop and select New >> Shortcut.

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In the Create Shortcut window type: Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation. Click Next.
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Give the shortcut a name like Lock Computer and click Finish.

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The Lock Computer icon appears on the Desktop. Right click on it and select Properties.

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In the Properties window select the Shortcut tab. Click Change Icon.

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Now type: C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll into the Look for Icons in This File field. Select the icon you want to use for the shortcut and click OK.

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Set the Run dropdown menu to Minimized, then click OK.

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Then drag the Lock Computer icon you just created to the Taskbar and pin it.

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Now you can click the icon to lock your computer.

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If you’re a keyboard master, use [Ctrl][Alt][Delete] then select Lock Computer. Or you can use [Windows Key][L].

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7 Responses to Windows 7: Create a Shortcut to Lock Your Computer

  1. Rajesh December 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    like it !!!

  2. Austin Krause December 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I always use Windows Key + L, but this is very nice for touch-screens – especially if it works with Windows 8!

    • KG December 11, 2011 at 2:42 am #

      Wouldn’t the Control-Alt-Delete combo work? I guess it is an extra step, but it seems to work for me every time….

    • Noah June 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      Yes! I don’t even know why they made this article. Windows Key+L is built in!

      • James Perkins January 5, 2016 at 10:27 am #

        I found this useful. I use my Ubuntu workstation mouse and keyboard provide most of the input to my Windows 7 notebook via the Synergy app, and avoid touching the notebook keyboard most of the time.

        Since the remote computer keyboard is not a keyboard master, the WindowsKey + L method is not honored. I have set my shortcut key combination to Ctrl + Alt + L, which is the same as Ubuntu.

        I still have to touch the noteboook keyboard to enter Ctrl + Alt + Del and password, but that’s all I need it for.

  3. Ritesh July 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    awesome !!! this is very userful. Thank you

  4. Vaibhav Dingre October 23, 2016 at 2:19 am #

    Thanks a million for this tiny yet most useful setting and the keyboard shortcut.

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