20 January 2012

How to Create a Lock Shortcut in Windows

In my older posts, I told you how to create a Hibernate and Shutdown shortcuts, today I will show you how to create a desktop shortcut for locking your computer. Locking your PC is very useful especially if you are working in an office or area that don’t want others to access your system when you leave the computer or room.

Step 1
Go to your Windows desktop and right-click on an empty space and select New>Shortcut.

Step 2
In the Create Shortcut window, under the Type the location of the item: enter the code below and click on Next button.

Step 3
Give a name for your shortcut, like Lock and hit the Finish.

Step 4
To choose an appropriate icon for the shortcut, right-click on it and select Properties, then go to Shortcut tab and click on Change Icon… button.

Step 5
In the Change Icon wizard, inside the Look for icons in this file: enter the code below and click OK. Find a proper icon from the list and OK the window. Your shortcut is ready. Double-click on it to see the result.

Step 6
This shortcut will lock your system, but anyone can unlock it if you don’t build username and password for your system. To do this go to 

Control Panel>User Account and Family Safety>Change your Windows password>Create a password for your account  

and then create a username and password for your system. In that way anyone tries to unlock your PC, it will prompt for a password.