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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.


In the Create Shortcut window type: Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation. Click Next.

Give the shortcut a name like Lock Computer and click Finish.


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


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


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.


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


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


Now you can click the icon to lock your computer.



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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14 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.

  5. hydralisk December 13, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    At my work I have to lock the workstation every time when I’m leaving the desk… On the Linux machine I’ve changed the shortcut from Ctrl + Alt + L to Pause/Break button, which is very convenient, and not used by any program.
    Is it possible to change Win + L, to Pause/Break button on Windows without third party programs?

    I don’t know why the aren’t using that button…

    • Steve Krause December 13, 2016 at 11:11 am #

      Not that I’m aware of. This is a “BASE OS” function and Microsoft is fairly picky with the LOCK function. There is a way in the registry to disable Win+L however, I don’t think there is a native function to reassign the keys to lock Windows 10 (or previous version).

      • Austin December 13, 2016 at 11:16 am #

        It can be scripted with autohotkey, or better yet I believe if you make a shortcut like in the article above you can assign a keyboard shortcut to run the shortcut.

        • hydralisk December 14, 2016 at 4:54 am #

          Unfortunately I can’t assign Pause/Break button as a shortcut to run the shortcut… But with autohotkey I should do this 🙂

          Thank you.

    • Noah Gregory December 13, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      My Linux works with Win-L

  6. trailmax January 12, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    I work from home and we have a 2 month baby. Many times I find myself with a baby in one hand and a need to lock the workstation. Win+L assumes (on my keyboard) you have 2 hands on the keyboard.
    This shortcut saves the day since it can be operated with a mouse!

  7. some guy May 26, 2017 at 8:35 am #

    thanks computer dude!! saves me a lot of hassle. i pinned it to my taskbar so now its right next to the windows/start button thingy.

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