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How to Lock Windows 7 without Logging Off?

Locking your computer is a great way to keep your computer secure when you need to step away from it for a few minutes without shutdown. In this article, you'll find 4 easy ways to lock your Windows 7 PC.

Method 1. Use keyboard shortcut

The easiest way to lock Windows 7 is simply to press the Windows logo+L simultaneously. Your computer will be locked immediately.

You can also hold down "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" at the same time. This will bring up a list of options, including the option to lock your computer. At that time, you just need to select "Lock this computer" to get your PC locked.

Method 2. Use the lock icon

Click the Start button, and then click the symbol next to Shut down and select Lock. This will lock your computer, and you'll need to enter your password to unlock it.

Method 3. Create a desktop shortcut

Creating a desktop shortcut is another way you can use to lock your Windows 7. To do this, take steps listed below:

1. Right-click an empty area of the Desktop and choose "New" - "Shortcut".
2. Type "rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation" (without quotes), click Next.
3. Type a name for this new shortcut like "LockScreen", and then click Finish.

Now the shortcut for PC locking is created. To lock your computer, double-click the shortcut and password will be required to get in Windows.

Method 4. Screen saver password

Step 1. Right-click the desktop and select Personalize.
Step 2. Select Screen Saver to bring up the Screen Saver Settings window.
Step 3. Select a screen saver file from the drop-down list.
Step 4. In the "Wait:" field, set the amount of time you want the screen saver to wait for activity before starting.
Step 5. Check the box in front of "On resume, display logon screen".
Step 6. Click OK. From now on, when the screen saver comes on, your workstation will be locked.

Regardless of how you lock your computer, to unlock it, press Ctrl+Alt+Del. A window will appear where you can enter the password for the username under which you're logged in.

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