Change Time to Require Sign-in after Display Turns Off in Windows 10

How to Change Time to Require Sign-in after Display Turns Off in Windows 10

As you may have noticed, when your PC or laptop display turns off as it enters sleep, you have a little time to quickly get back to where you left without entering your password and other credentials. Windows 10 reserves a small time interval for you so if you are near your PC, you can quickly return to your work. Here's how to adjust that time.


Windows 10 comes with an option Turn off the display, which is part of power management options of the current power plan. The user can enable or disable it. Depending on the selected power plan, it can be enabled or disabled out-of-the-box.

When enabled, your display will be turned off after your PC is idle for the configured period of time. The monitor screen will become black. If you have a short time set for Turn off the display, you may want to adjust the a special DelayLockInterval parameter of Windows 10.

DelayLockInterval is the amount of time after the display turns off before you are required to sign in after you click or move the mouse to turn the display back. It can be configured in the Registry. It can be useful, when you don't want your PC get locked quickly once the screen turns off.

To Change Time to Require Sign-in after Display Turns Off in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value DelayLockInterval. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. Set its value to 0 make Windows 10 always require the password - the PC will get locked instantly once your screen turns off.DelayLockInterval Change Time To Require Sign In After Display Turns Off
  5. Alternatively, set its value to the number of seconds in decimals. This will enable the sign-in requirement after these specified number of seconds once the screen turns off.

That's it!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Change Time to Require Sign-in after Display Turns Off in Windows 10”

  1. You have saved me yet another time. I didn’t ask here as I thought it was too silly but may be from 20H1 insider builds, having to sign in even without password was irritating me and didnt find a proper solution even after spending hours on the net.

    I have just set the time to 12 hours as I never want to sign in after monitor wakes up from sleep. So will keep you posted if your hack works.

    Thanks again Sergey! :)

  2. Hi Sergey,

    Quick update. Sadly, it didnt work. Please see below the setting.

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