If you work in an office environment or in an area where there are other people, you should lock Windows 7 whenever you walk away to prevent others from snooping or accessing your computer when you step away. When your computer is locked it will ask you for your password when you try to log back in. Your computer may already be set to lock Windows 7 when your computer is not in use for a period of time. But it’s not reliable if someone goes onto your computer shortly after you leave it alone. You need to lock in instantly, and there are a couple of ways to do this.

How To Lock Windows 7

You can lock it via the Start menu by clinking the drop down arrow beside the SHUTDOWN button, then selecting “Lock.” You can also use a click and hold the Windows key, and then press the “l” (letter L) key. Both of these methods work to quickly lock your Windows 7 machine. But you can also create a shortcut on the desktop that does the same. To create a lock shortcut, right-click the desktop and select New, then Shortcut. In the dialogue box, copy and paste the following:

rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

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Click Next to continue and name the shortcut whatever you like. The shortcut will appear on your desktop. If you want to give it a distinct icon, simply right-click the new shortcut and select Properties. Under the Shortcut tab, select Change Icon and select a new icon. Lock Windows 7 to improve security.

Lock Windows 7 Conclusion

While it may seem like paranoia, locking your Windows login whenever you’re away will prevent co-workers and children from accessing the PC and intentionally (or unintentionally) damaging files or reading something that wasn’t intended for them. Your privacy is important and this simple precaution will give you some peace of mind.