Windows Shortcut: Lock Keyboard


Here’s a quick way to gain more personal and work security (in so far as your computer is concerned). It involves the underutilized Windows Key (pictured above in its version 7 variation).

To Lock the Screen and Keyboard

  • Hold the Windows Key and press ‘L‘.

The screen and keyboard will lock. Any running  processes will continue to function in the background. If your system is password protected (and why wouldn’t it be) you will be required to re-enter your password to unlock your system.

Note: Applies to Windows XP, Windows Vista,  Windows 7, and Windows 8


Comments and questions are always welcome!

Author: quincy harley jr

Quincy is a technophile, coach and Learning Development expert. He has an extensive legal IT background and is practiced in MS Office application support and product development. As a project leader he has been integral in numerous new application rollouts. Whatever spare time he has, is spent with reading, archery and watching his young sons grow.

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