Locking XP desktop
Anyone know how to lock the desktop in Windows XP? I could have sworn I've seen a lock the desktop in some version of Windows, but I can't seem to find it.
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Windows Key - L
control-alt-delete brings up the security dialog too
You can get the screen saver to start one minute after you walk awau. If that's too long then put it into standby and set the settings to prompt for passord when it comes out of standby.
Aahhh, Switch User! Cool. I've tried Log Off before, but that closes your programs. Switch User wasn't intuitive since I'm the only user.
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I've always done CTRL+ALT+DEL and then hit k. But that WIN+L is quicker. Thanks Philo.
Does Win + L lead to fast user switching? Explains why I don't get it to work on my W2K machine.
"Crtl+Alt+Del and then k seems great. Never knew about it before."
WinKey-L will bring up the Welcome screen if you're not joined to a domain, and will simply lock the desktop if you are joined to a domain.
'k' for OK. Only just realized. I was thinking it was because you couldn't hit L for lock because it was reserved for something else so they chose the next one, rather like in Word you hit Crtl + E for Center text because C and D have already been taken.
Actually, the 'k' in my sequence is the underlined letter on Lock Desktop when you get the security panel. I've only just recently got a machine with XP, so I've been living in a Win2k world for about 4 years. Hitting enter would do the same thing as hitting k as long as Lock Desktop is the button that is focused by default. I never feel like trusting that with Windows for some reason. Plus, using the k is such a habit now that it is a very quick keystroke for me. Kind of a muscle memory thing.
Hey, I just configger'd Win2k to use Win+L to lock the desktop. I had already installed WinKey ( http://download.com.com/3000-2344-913626.html?tag=lst-0-1 ) and so I created a .bat file with the following command:
So you''ve saved one keystroke, whenever you use a W2K machine.
...and think of the time you wasted posting in this thread, especially to tell me I wasted my time.
I know. Back in the Win 98 days you ofte found if you reinstalled Windows it might not detect an ASPI aware BIOS and it would turn it off, so you would have to turn off the computer by pushing the button.
The windows key(s) used to be the first keys I dig out of my keyboard, just about never mean to hit it.
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