TIPS - Locking your computer screen

Problem: You have numerous documents or windows open, but you need to step away from your computer. You don't want to close all your documents and log off, but you also do not want to leave your computer open to others. What do you do?

Solution for Windows 

For a Windows PC, press Windows icon + L (for Lock) simultaneously on your keyboard.  

Solutions for Mac

For a Mac, use one of the following options:
  • Press CTRL + CMD + Q simultaneously on your keyboard
  • Click on Apple icon in upper left and select Lock Screen from the menu

Waking your computer

Once locked, your campus monitor will display the login page; your documents and windows will be secure.  When you are ready to go back to work, simply move the mouse or select any key to “wake” your monitor.  Log in as usual.

If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or  You may also visit the Help Desk on the first floor of the Karrmann Library.

Keywords:lock screen PC mac open protect sleep   Doc ID:43310
Owner:Deb M.Group:UW Platteville
Created:2014-08-29 10:59 CSTUpdated:2021-12-14 11:44 CST
Sites:UW Platteville
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