When you need to move away from your Windows 10 PC for an undetermined amount of time, you may want to lock your device after certain period of inactivity. This is just as a security measure to prevent prying eyes from peeking your work.
While you can simply use the Windows key + L keyboard shortcut to quickly lock your computer, or use the Lock option from the user account menu on Start, Windows 10 doesn’t include an option in the Settings app to lock your device automatically when you’re not around.
However, if you need a way to lock your Windows 10 PC automatically after a period of inactivity, you can still use an option that has been around for years.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use screen saver settings to lock your Windows 10 session after a specific period of inactivity.
How to lock your PC automatically after inactivity
Do a search for Change screen saver and click the result.
Under Screen saver, make sure to choose a screen saver, such as Blank.
Change the wait time to the period you want Windows 10 to lock your computer automatically.
Check the On resume, display logon screen option.
Click OK to complete the task.
Once you completed the steps, your computer will lock automatically after a period of inactivity, and you’ll need to enter your password to unlock it.
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