As the years have passed since the initial release of Windows 10, Microsoft has implemented new ways to interact with the operating system. That is why we usually not only have one way to use a certain function. This is something that we see, for example, when blocking the Windows session.
Specifically in these lines we are going to talk about it, something that can be very useful especially if we work surrounded by others. This is something that, as you can imagine, is quite common in offices and the like.
Why do I need to block Windows 10 quickly
And it is that when we get up from our position and we do not want anyone else to access the team, we can quickly block it. As we mentioned, Windows 10 is an operating system that has been with us for more than five years.
It is precisely for this reason that many users who migrate directly from Windows 7 miss this blocking method. By this we mean that, for example, a user who comes to Windows 10 from Windows 7 might wonder if Microsoft has eliminated the blocking function of Windows 10. Well, although all this is not as visible as we would like , still there. Thus, below we will show you how to access the lock function in Windows 10 in different ways.
First of all we will tell you that this useful functionality, in previous versions of the Redmond system, we found it by clicking on the Start menu, on the shutdown. However, now in Windows 10 this PC shutdown option does not show the lock function. Therefore we tell you that in this most recent version of the software, this has been moved to a new location.
Different ways to block the with Windows
Thus, we have the possibility of accessing it in different ways, as we are going to see. Next we will show you some simple ways that exist to block the PC with Windows 10. In turn, in this way we will have the possibility to use the one that is most comfortable and accessible at all times. We do not need to memorize them all, but only the one that, based on our use of Windows, is faster and more accessible.
Lock the computer from the Start menu
Although it is not in the same place as previous versions of Windows, from the Start menu we can carry out this task that we are commenting on. Therefore, to do this, the first thing we do is open the Start menu, either by pressing the Windows logo key, or by clicking the Start button with the mouse.
After that, when this appears, in the left panel we click on the image of the user account, where the option to Block will appear, among others. Therefore, all we have to do is place ourselves on it and select it in order to block the open session.
Lock Windows with two keyboard shortcuts
Although the method described above is quite fast and effective, we can do what we are looking for now in a more fluid way. For this we are going to use a combination of keys, which will be more comfortable for many. So we will no longer have to memorize this keyboard shortcut to use it every time we need to block Windows instantly.
Well, for this, we just have to press the WIN + L keys for the process to take effect. At that moment we will see how the system instantly shows us the lock screen immediately. But we must bear in mind that this is not the only keyboard shortcut that we can use at this time for it. We tell you this because at the same time we have the possibility of clicking on the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys .
At that time the computer does not crash instantly as in the previous case, but a new screen appears. In it we will see several options from which to choose to select the one that interests us the most in each case, here it would be Block. But at the same time on the same screen we find the options to Change user, Close session or go to Task Manager. Therefore, if we also use these other functions regularly, this key combination will also be very useful.
How to block Windows when you leave the PC
At this point we will tell you that Windows 10 has a function called Dynamic Lock that reached the most recent versions. It allows us to automatically block the equipment when we move away from it. Of course, for this it is essential that the Smartphone is paired with Windows. To achieve this that we tell you, we go to the Settings application with the Win + I key combination. Here we go to Accounts / Login options.
Then we have no choice but to activate the option that says Allow Windows to block the device automatically when you are absent. Of course, for this we will have to carry our mobile on top and that it is synchronized with the PC to block the PC when we move away.
How to use the Windows lockout feature from CMD
It is possible that more advanced users of the system want to make use of this Windows blocking function from a command prompt window. Therefore, to achieve this, the first thing to do will be to open a window of this type by typing the command CMD in the search box. It should be mentioned that in this specific case it is not necessary to run the command prompt with administrator permissions.
Next, once we find the window we are looking for in this case, we will have to copy and paste the following command to block the PC:
This method can also be used in more complex scripts, so it can be very interesting for more advanced users of the system.