Lock Option Missing From Windows 10 Power Menu


Even though Windows 10 has been around for over five years now, many PC users are still running Windows 7 and are slowly upgrading to Windows 10.

A user who upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 asked if Microsoft has removed the Lock or Lock PC feature from Windows 10. In this guide, we will tell you how to access the Lock function in Windows 10.

In previous versions of the Windows operating system, we could access the Lock option by clicking on the Start menu’s power icon. But in Windows 10, the power menu does not display the Lock option.

In Windows 10, the Lock option has been moved to a new location. Following are the four easy ways out there to Lock your Windows 10 PC.

There are multiple ways out there to lock a PC running Windows 10. Following are the six easy ways to lock a Windows 10 computer.

Method 1 of 6

Lock Windows 10 PC from Start menu

Step 1: Open the Start menu either by pressing the Windows logo key or clicking on the Start button.

Step 2: On the left pane of the Start, perform a right-click on your user account picture to see the Lock option among other options.


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Step 3: Click on the Lock option to lock your PC.


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Method 2 of 6

Lock Windows 10 PC using keyboard shortcut

The good old Windows logo and L keyboard shortcuts work great in Windows 10 as well. Simultaneously press the Windows logo and L keys on the keyboard to lock your computer immediately.

Method 3 of 6

Lock Windows 10 PC using Ctrl + Alt + Delete screen

Step 1: Simultaneously, press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys to see the Ctrl + Alt + Del screen. The screen displays Lock, Switch user, Sign out, and Task Manager options.

Step 2: Click on the Lock option to lock your PC.

Method 4 of 6

Lock Windows 10 PC from Command Prompt

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt window by typing CMD in the Start/taskbar search box and pressing the Enter key. No need to run the Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: At the Command Prompt window, copy and paste the following command and then hit the Enter key to lock your PC.

Rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation


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Method 5 of 6

Auto-lock your Windows 10 PC when you move away from your PC

There is a feature called Dynamic Lock in recent versions of Windows 10 to automatically lock your Windows 10 PC when you move away from it. The feature requires your smartphone to be paired with your Windows 10.

Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign in options page and then turn on the Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you are away option. For step by step directions, refer to our how to automatically lock Windows 10 PC when you walk away guide.


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Method 6 of 6

Lock Windows 10 PC from a remote location

If you are using a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 10, you can sign out or Lock your PC from a remote location as well. Refer to our how to lock Windows 10 PC from a remote location guide for detailed instructions.

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