Prevent yourself and others from accidentally typing
What there is to know
- Quickly lock a Windows keyboard by typing Win + L or CTRL + ALT + Delete.
- MacBook users can simply close the cover or use Control-Shift-Power to lock things down.
- Third-party options are also available if you don’t care about the manufacturer’s approach.
This article explains how to lock your computer keyboard when you’re not using it, including keyboard shortcuts and third-party applications.
The easiest way to turn off your keyboard is to lock your computer or put it to sleep. On Windows machines, there are several ways to do this.
- Win + L (Win + L)
- CTRL + ALT + Delete
- Start button
- Close the cover
- Use a screen saver
The easiest method is the Win + L keyboard shortcut. Any typing that occurs after using this shortcut is only to wake up the screen. The next easiest is to press CTRL + ALT + Delete. This shortcut pulls up a menu with a lock option, as well as Dedicate, Change Accounts, and Task Manager.
To lock your computer and save battery life, click the Start button, then the Power symbol, and select Sleep. Press the physical power button to wake it up. You can also enter sleep mode by closing the laptop cover.
Finally, you can use a screen saver and configure it so that when disabled, it brings up the shown ded screen. Open the control panel, type screen saver, select edit screen saver. Select a screen saver if you aren’t already using one, set how long should pass before it turns on, and check the box next to the CV, bring up the logon screen.
Of course, all of these methods require that you use a unique and strong password.
There are similar options for locking a MacBook. The simplest are:
- Close the cover
- Use Control-Shift-Power to Lock Your MacBook
- Use Command-Option-Power to put your MacBook to sleep
- Select the Sleep option from the Apple menu
Like Windows computers, Macs have handy keyboard shortcuts. You can use the Control-Shift-Power keyboard combo to lock a MacBook or command-option-power to put it to sleep on a MacBook. Another method is to click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and then sleep. Closing the cover also allows your MacBook to sleep.
Lock a keyboard using a third-party tool
Several tools are available that allow you to lock your keyboard without locking your machine or turning off the screen. On such an option is called Keyboard Locker, which was compiled by how-to personal geek from an AutoHotKey script. (AutoHotKey is a free scripting tool used to automate tasks in Windows.) After installing Keyboard Locker, you can use CTRL + ALT + L to disable your keyboard; type the word unlock to re-activate it.