keys When you leave your computer to do something else but don’t want others to see or have access to your desktop you can create a shortcut icon to quickly lock the keyboard and display without using CTRL+ALT+DEL or a screensaver. Here’s how.

  1. Right-click the desktop.
  2. Click New, and 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 Computer” or choose any name you like.
  6. Click Finish.

Now we need to change that plain icon to something snazzier.

  1. Right click the Lock Computer Icon and choose Properties. Then click Change Icon.
  2. In the browse box type in %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll
  3. Select the icon you want from the selection and click Ok twice.

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1. Right-click the desktop.

2. Click New, and then click Shortcut.

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3. The Create Shortcut Wizard opens. In the text box, type the following:
rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

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4. Click Next.

5. Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it “Lock Computer” or choose any name you like.

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6. Click Finish.

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Now we need to change that plain icon to something snazzier.

1. Right click the Lock Computer Icon and choose Properties. Then click Change Icon.

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2. In the browse box type in %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll

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3. Select the icon you want from the selection and click Ok twice.

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Now when you click the lock icon you will be sent to the logon screen.

 

  12 Responses to “Create A Desktop Icon To Lock You Computer With One Click”

  1. Really a good one to understand

  2. Nicely done, very useful for keyboard shortcuts on the programmable keys.

    Thanks!

  3. oh come on, it’s utterly useless.

    WINDOWS KEY + L locks your computer.

  4. “oh come on, itís utterly useless.
    WINDOWS KEY + L locks your computer.”

    Yes thats one way to lock your computer, but there are times which you are not in the reach of your keyboard and you just want to lock with just a SINGLE CLICK of an icon on your Dock or taskbar (Windows 7). And c’mon you have to either ust two fingers on one hand to press WINDOWS KEY+L or Two hands just to lock. Think of other options… which is more convenient??

  5. it’s totaly use full steup………. thank’s

  6. Works for me thanks.

  7. Hi

    Great posting thanks for this post.

  8. Many-2 thanks such a nice trick.

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  10. Thanks mate!

  11. I use VNC to access a remote computer and have been looking for this.

   
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