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Create a shortcut to lock your computer

Create a shortcut to lock your workstation.

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You can double-click a shortcut on your desktop to quickly lock the keyboard and display without using CTRL+ALT+DEL or a screensaver. To create a shortcut on your desktop to lock your computer:

  1. Right-click the desktop.
  2. Point to New, then click Shortcut.
  3. The Create Shortcut Wizard opens. In the text box, type the following:
    rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it "Lock Workstation" or choose any name you like.
  6. Click Finish.

You can also change the shortcut's icon. To change the icon:

  1. Right-click the shortcut and select Properties.
  2. Click the Shortcut tab, then click the Change Icon button.
  3. In the Look for icons in this file text box, type:
  4. Click OK.
  5. Select one of the icons from the list and click OK.

To lock your keyboard and display, double-click the shortcut.

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