You can lock your screen to protect your PC from unauthorized use when you walk away for a short time and do not want to sign out from your user session or turn off your computer. In Windows 10, there are several ways to lock your PC. One of them is the Lock command in the Start menu, under the user account picture. If you are the only user of your PC and have nobody to lock your PC from, you can remove this command since it will be of little use to you.
Workstation locking is very useful in a corporate environment to protect your sensitive data from the eyes of strangers and colleagues. At home, the need to lock your PC is relatively rare. Here is how to remove the Lock command.
To remove Lock from the Start Menu in Windows 10, you need to do the following.
- Open Settings.
- Go to System - Power & sleep.
- On the right, click on the link Additional power settings.
- The following window will be opened.
On the left, click "Choose what the power buttons do":
- Click the link Change Settings that are currently unavailable.
The Shutdown options will become editable. Untick the option there called Lock (Show in account picture menu).
You are done!
This option can be changed with a Registry tweak. You need to sign in as Administrator before proceeding.
There, create or modify the 32-bit DWORD value named ShowLockOption. Note: Even if you are running a 64-bit Windows version, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.
If you set its value data to 1, the Lock command will be visible in the account picture menu.
A value data of 0 will hide the Lock command.
You may want to download ready-to-use Registry files with the tweak above:
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