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How do I lock up the PC and password protect in a keystroke?

by Jas0nStaff0rd / March 26, 2008 11:47 PM PDT

I'm using Windows XP Professional.

I have in mind doing some sensitive work when someone comes in whom I don't want looking at what I'm doing. Or maybe I've got to get up from my work all of a sudden, and don't want someone stumbling across the laptop and getting curious.

I have been using my regular old Windows screen saver program, set to "Marquee" with a black background and no text. It's set to ask for a password on resume, and I have a shortcut on my desktop so all I have to do is hit Ctrl+Alt+F12 and I'm on a black screen.

The problem is: for some reason with this screensaver setup, it doesn't always ask for the password on resume. If I leave it sit for several hours with the black screen up, it does, but if I only leave it for thirty seconds or so, it doesn't.

I do not care particularly about the aesthetics here... it doesn't have to be a black backdrop, if I could figure out how to get straight to the login screen instead, maybe, that would be fine. But I really want it to be password-protected, and it has to be something I can do with just a very quick keystroke.

Any help would be seriously appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

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Re: locking PC
by Kees Bakker / March 26, 2008 11:52 PM PDT

That's Windows-key (between ctrl and alt on most keyboard) + L. A standard feature of XP. Like Windows-key + M = minimize all windows (and show desktop) and Windows-key + E = start My Computer.


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by Jas0nStaff0rd / March 27, 2008 12:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: locking PC

Oh! Well, sure enough it is. Thanks 11ty, Kees!

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