How to quickly lock your computer

This is a really quick blog post but when someone at work told me this shortcut, I thought yeah baby this is going to save me loads of time even if it is just 20 seconds a day.

The quick way to lock your computer is

Windows Logo key and L

go on try it now

This prompted me to have a quick google and see what else this windows key did, the Windows logo and D to show the desktop is pretty good.  This is the page I got the information below from.

Press To
Windows logo key Display or hide the Start menu
Windows logo key+L Lock the computer
Windows logo key+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key+D Show the desktop
Windows logo key+M Minimize all windows
Windows logo key+SHIFT+M Restore minimized windows
Windows logo key+E Open My Computer
Windows logo key+F Search for a file or folder
CTRL+Windows logo key+F Search for computers
Windows logo key+F1 Display Windows Help
Windows logo key+R Open the Run dialog box
Windows logo key+U Open Utility Manager
Application key Display the Shortcut menu for the selected item

2 thoughts on “How to quickly lock your computer

  1. AdamV May 6, 2011 / 6:33 pm

    All of those work in most versions of Windows since (I think) 95.
    One slight correction is that Win+E opens Windows Explorer. In older versions the default view was My Computer, but in Windows 7 the default is to show your Libraries.

    A couple more Windows Vista / 7 shortcuts that I use a lot:
    Win+P – Connect to a projector, choose extend / duplicate etc

    Win + X – open the Mobility Centre, a ‘control dashboard’ for common settings you might want to change when you change environments eg set power management settings, turn wireless on or off, turn on presentation settings (which you preset to define a volme level, alternative wallpaper, and optionally turn off your screensaver settings if they are not controlled by policies)

    Win+ left/right/up/down arrows – windows Snap to each half of the screen, maximise or minimise.
    Win + Shift + left /right – window Snap to second monitor on th left / right, in same relative position (eg a window snapped to left half of screen 1 ends up in left half of screen 2, even if different size and resolution)


    • Hosk May 6, 2011 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks for the other shortcuts. I love the windows log and arrow keys.

      it makes you think of the other shortcuts I have been missing out on


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