Windows: Create Lock Screen Shortcut

In stead of setting automatic screen lock, you can set one click button to lock it. Follow these steps.

Environment: Microsoft Windows 7

  • Right click at the Desktop. Select "New" and then, "Shortcut" at the context menu.
  • Enter "%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation" into "Type the location of the item" textbox and then, click "Next" button.
  • Enter any name to the shortcut in "Type a name for this shortcut". Click "Finish" button.
  • The shortcut will be created on Desktop. It's ready to use from here. Just double click, it will call the screen lock function.
  • To change the picture of the icon, right click at the icon and then select "Properties".
  • In "Shortcut" tab, click "Change Icon..." button.
  • In "Change Icon" pop-up window, click "Browse...".
  • Scroll down to find "shell32.dll" file. Click at the file and click "Open".
  • Scroll to the right side until you find the icon that you like. Select the icon and click "OK".
  • Click "OK" to save change the icon.
  • Right click and drag the icon into the task bar to pin it there.
  • The icon will be pinned into the taskbar. It's just one click to launch the screen lock.

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