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If you have to shut down and turn on your computer every time you leave your seat many times, it can be quite time consuming, sometimes interrupting the work you are doing on Windows. But for the sake of safety and privacy, the better option is to lock the computer screen when leaving.
Of course, you should set a password for the lock screen to ensure the highest security. With the lock screen automatically activating on Windows 10 and protected by a password, your data and work are secure and uninterrupted.
If you are wondering if Windows 10 has an automatic screen lock mechanism, this article will answer you, plus suggest more ways to lock the screen for you to refer and use. As follows.
1. Use the Dynamic Lock feature
Dynamic Lock is the feature to control and lock Windows 10 devices via mobile devices. When users connect the smartphone to the computer via Bluetooth, the feature will automatically lock the computer when you are not in use. Within 30 seconds, if the smartphone and the phone are out of range, Windows will turn off the screen and lock the computer.
To use it, go to Settings> Accounts> Sign-in options.
Navigate to the “Dynamic Lock” option and click on the “Bluetooth & other devices” option.
The interface for connecting Bluetooth devices appears, click “Add Bluetooth or other device” and connect your computer to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Back in the Dynamic Lock section, check the checkbox “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away”.
Now try to take your phone out of range. The computer locks automatically when the Bluetooth connection with the phone is lost.
2. Use Registry Editor
If you’d like to customize the Registry Editor, you can create an automatic key for Windows 10 in it. Specifically go to ” HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies System “.
Create a “DWORD (32-bit) Value” with the name “InactivityTimeoutSecs”. Then enter a decimal value between 0 and 599940 in the Value data field. Values here will be measured in seconds.
If the value is “0”, auto lock will be disabled. Therefore, you should set this value for at least 5 seconds. Finally, don’t forget to restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
3. Use Local Security Policy
If you don’t like Registry Editor, you can use the Local Security Policy. Specifically, open up Local Security Policy and go to Local Policies> Security Options.
Navigate to the “Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit” section and double click on it.
Setup window appears, enter the same value as in Registry Editor and click Apply> OK to save.
4. Use the Sleep to Screen lock feature
This is an inbuilt feature and quite easy to use. Go to Settings> System> Power & sleep. In the right pane, choose how long you want to enable automatic locking in both options under Sleep.
Then go back to Settings> Accounts> Sign-in options. Click the options menu under Require sign-in and select “When PC wakes from sleep”.
Very simple, right?
Source : Genk