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How to Lock a Remote Desktop

by Daniel Hatter

To some people, the apparent lack of the computer locking function during Remote Desktop Connection is a major flaw. This would be the case, if it were true. Though the standard "Windows key + L" does not work during a Remote Desktop Connection, you have the ability to save a shortcut to your desktop that will allow you to lock the computer.

Step 1

Right-click on your desktop, select "New," then "Shortcut."

Step 2

Type "rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkStation" into the "Type the location of the item" text field, then click "Next."

Step 3

Type a name for your shortcut into the "Name" text field (e.g., "Lock Computer") and then click "Finish."

Double-click on your new shortcut to lock your computer. This will work even from a Remote Desktop Connection.

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