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I have a power management setting (set up through the Control Panel) that turns the monitor off after 5 minutes of idling but keeps the power on all time, if the laptop is connected to power. Under this setting, however, the computer doesn't lock itself and becomes vulnerable to any passerby's attempt to log in if I'm not around.

Is there any way to force lock in this situation? (I can force lock if I have the laptop go sleep, but for immediate access I'd like to keep the power on when the laptop is connected to power.)

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Really? Try locking Windows (i.e., Windows logo key+L) when you walk away from the computer...Done!

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That's even better. I don't have to put the computer to sleep (which wreaks havoc with internet connection, which is a well-known issue) or wait for the screen saver to kick in. Thanks! –  Anon Jul 4 '13 at 22:37

You can use the screensaver that can only be turned off with a password:

  • On the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  • Click Display, and then click Screen Saver.
  • In the Wait box, choose 5 minutes
  • Click On resume, password protect, and then click OK.
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I have the screensaver. But the funny thing is, when the monitor goes off based on the power management setting, the screensaver stops, which means the password protection under screensaver is also removed. –  Anon Jul 3 '13 at 11:18
    
@Anon - My guess is that you don't have the screensaver set to lock the computer. –  Daniel R Hicks Jul 3 '13 at 11:21
    
@ Daniel, you were absolutely right. The screensaver didn't have the lock on. –  Anon Jul 4 '13 at 22:36

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