Manually locking your computer

It takes only a few seconds to secure your computer and discourage malicious individuals. Lock down (or log out of) your computer every time you leave your desk.

To log back in, you’ll need to put in the username/password for your computer, which may be one you choose, or it may be your myPlymouth login information. Be sure to shut down your computer completely when you leave for the day.

Four methods to manually lock your computer are:

Method 1

To immediately lock your computer, simultaneously press the Windows logo key (typically beside the Spacebar) and the  l  key (the letter L).

Method 2 (Windows Vista in non-Classic mode only)

In the Start menu, click the lock icon.

Method 3

Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, and then click Lock this computer or Lock Computer.

Method 4

To create a desktop shortcut that will lock your computer when you double-click it:

  1. Right-click the desktop, select New, and then Shortcut. This will open the Create Shortcut Wizard.
  2. For the location of the item, type:
    %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  3. Click Next.
  4. Type an appropriate name for this shortcut, and then click Finish.

You will now have a shortcut on your desktop that will lock your computer when you double-click it.

Unlocking your computer

Regardless of how you lock your computer, to unlock it, press Ctrl-Alt-Del. A window will appear where you can enter the password for the username under which you’re logged in.

Administrators for either the local computer or the domain can unlock a locked computer by entering their usernames and passwords at the login prompt. This will log the current user out, but will not log the administrator in. At this point, any user with login rights can log into the computer normally.

Note: If you are the local computer administrator, log into the local computer rather than the domain. Also, by using the administrator login to unlock the workstation, you will erase all unsaved work.

If your domain username is in the Administrators group, you can enter your domain name and domain password, and then select the proper domain from the drop-down list. You are not required to log into the local computer. This will also unlock the workstation and erase all unsaved work.

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All ITS systems Operational

July 7th, 2014 by Jo-Ann

All ITS systems are operational. If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at or (603) 535-2929.

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