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Similar to this question: Can I bring the lock screen back after dismissing it? ('go back a screen' from password entry)

How do I go back to the Lock Screen once I've gone to the password screen in Microsoft Surface tablet?

This is a different mechanism from using the referenced question in that no physical keyboard is available.

Alternately, can the timeout on the password screen be shortened?


At this point I would like to change the timeout of the password screen. Can this be done, either through GUI or registry (or other) means?

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Just curious, but why? Also, you can just use the power button on your surface or leave it idle. – tr4656 Oct 31 '12 at 14:08
Just want to see the time. Not thinking, I slid up to password screen and then couldn't get back. Timeout works, but don't want to wait. Hitting power button twice brings back to password screen - I suspect that the timeout is the same as for password timeout. – GaTechThomas Oct 31 '12 at 15:25
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It was possible with windows 7 using ESC or WIN + L, but in windows 8 that doesn't work anymore.

So, no, although it can be very annoying, you can't do that.


To answer your edit, it is possible to change the timeout from the default 1 minute:

  1. Make sure the the Console lock display off timeout option is added to Advanced Power Settings
  2. Open your Advanced Power Settings, and select Console lock display off timeout
  3. Set the new timeout

Power options panel


Here is the registry key needed to add the timeout option:



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This question is specific to tablets (i.e., no keyboard). – GaTechThomas Oct 31 '12 at 15:26
@GaTechThomas I know, I was just listing how it could be done before windows 8 - now it cannot be done, both on tablets and desktop – Razor Oct 31 '12 at 15:31
Ugh, can't go below 1 minute. – GaTechThomas Nov 4 '12 at 18:22

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