Lock out screen after inactivity. Windows 10

Joy qiao 876 Reputation points

Hi there,

All I need is quite simple but somehow I couldn't achieve it. Windows 10 x64 desktop, I need the screen lock out option (not user sign out) after a period of inactivity for example after 15 mins. So when user is back he just unlocks screen and finds all stuff same as he left.

I have configured local group policy:

           Local Policies > Security Options > “Interactive Logon: Machine inactivity limit”  set it to 900 seconds (15 mins)

After 15 mins of inactivity, user signs out while I want the lock screen to appear at that moment.

Kindly suggest

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  1. Kiki Shi 541 Reputation points


    Welcome to our new Microsoft Q&A Platform.

    Kindly refer to the following steps:

    1. Open the start menu up and search for "Control Panel"
    2. Go to "Appearance and Personalization"
    3. Click on "Change screen saver" underneath Personalization on the right (or search in the top right as the option appears to be gone in recent version of windows 10)
    4. Under Screen saver, there is an option to wait for "x" minutes to show the log off screen (See below)

    If you uncheck the checkbox, you should be able to prevent your computer from logging off.


    From: https://superuser.com/questions/954467/windows-10-auto-logout-on-5-minutes-of-inactivity

    Note: This is a third-party link and we do not have any guarantees on this website. This is just for your convenience. And Microsoft does not make any guarantees about the content.

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  1. Pierre Audonnet - MSFT 10,066 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Aren't you looking for this setting:


    So you configure the timeout by configuring your screensaver option. And to go back to the session you have to unlock with the user's password.

    Note that you can also use Windows 10 dynamical lock feature:


    In a nutshell, the user pairs its Bluetooth device with its PC and when the user steps away and the device is out of range, the OS locks.

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  2. rennee lesperance 1 Reputation point

    you can use the dynamic lock

  3. Mike Dunbar 1 Reputation point

    On Windows 11, search for "Screen Saver". Then all the other settings are the same.
    Windows team doesn't associate this feature with the key words 'screen lock'.