To protect your files by using a screen saver password


Open Display in Control Panel.


On the Screen Saver tab under Screen saver, click a screen saver 


Select the On resume, password protect check box.

If Fast User Switching is turned on, select the On resume, display Welcome screen check box.


To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display

Selecting the On Resume, password protect check box will lock your computer when the screen saver is activated. When you begin working again you will be prompted to type your password to unlock it.

Your screen saver password is the same as your logon password. If you do not use a password to log on, you cannot set a screen saver password.

Fast User Switching is only available for stand-alone computers and users in a workgroup. It is not available if your computer is part of a network domain 

Related Topics

Turn Fast User Switching on or off

Set or change a screen saver

Customize a background color

Change the look of Window elements

Use a picture as your desktop background

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