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    How to Create a Lock Computer Shortcut in Vista
    Published by Brink is offline
    13 Jun 2007
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    How to Create a Lock Computer Shortcut in Vista


    information   Information
    This will show you how to create a shortcut to Lock the computer. You can place this shortcut where you like for easy usage.
    Note   Note
    When you lock the computer, there is also a Switch User option in the lock computer Security Screen as well.
    Tip   Tip
    If you would like to create a keyboard shortcut key for this new Lock Computer shortcut, then see: How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for a Program in Vista

    EXAMPLE: Default Lock Location in the Start Menu
    NOTE: The default Lock keyboard shortcut is Windows Key + L.
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    METHOD ONE

    Download the "Lock Computer" Shortcut

    1. Click on the download button below to download the Lock.zip file.
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    2. Click on Save and save it to the Desktop.

    3. Right click on the Lock.zip (On desktop) and click on Open.

    4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.

    5. Extract the Lock Computer shortcut to the desktop.

    6. Put the shortcut where you like for easy use.

    7. When done, you can delete the Lock.zip file.





    METHOD TWO

    Manually Create the "Lock Computer" Shortcut

    1. Right click on a empty area of desktop.

    2. Click on New and Shortcut.

    3. Type rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation into the location area. (See screenshot below step 4)

    4. Click on the Next button.
    Lock Computer-location.jpg
    5. Type Lock Computer for the name. (See screenshot below step 6)
    NOTE: You can name it anything you would like.

    6. Click on the Finish button.
    Lock Computer-name.jpg
    7. Right click on the new Lock Computer shortcut (on desktop) and click on Properties.

    8. Click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: For more on how to change a shortcut folder or file icon, see: How to Change a Shortcut Folder or File Icon in Vista
    Lock Computer-properties.jpg
    9. Click on the Browse button. (See screenshot below step 12)
    NOTE: If you have your own icon you would rather use, then just navigate to where you have it saved. Vista needs a 256 bit icon for the best viewing results.

    10. Scroll down and click on the file imageres.dll and click Open button. (See screenshot below)
    Lock Computer-imageres.jpg
    11. Click on the icon highlighted in blue below. (See screenshot below)

    12. Click on OK.
    Lock Computer-change-icon.jpg
    13. Click on OK to apply. (See screenshot below step 8)

    14. Move or copy the new Lock Computer shortcut to wherever you like for easy use.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: Lock Computer

    What's the difference between Lock the computer and switch user?

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    Re: Lock Computer

    Hi Jim,

    They are close to being the same thing. When you have multiple user accounts, the Switch User will let you select a user account where the Lock computer will just let you log back on to the current user account by default.

    Shawn

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    Re: Lock Computer

    Thanks. I always wondered if Vista did anything different other than what you stated.

    I think its redundant.

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    Jim,

    Especially when you can just click on the red box arrow and select Switch User from the Lock screen.

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    I agree.

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