Computer Locking and Unlocking Procedure

Procedure that outlines how to lock your computer when you are not at your computer.

Governing Policy: Electronic Communications Policy

Policy Type: Enterprise (Check with the Departmental Policy Coordinator for procedures specific to each department.)

Applies To: City Council Departments

Department Approval: IT

Effective Date: August 10, 2005

Keywords: Computer, security, lock, password


Users shall secure their computer by enabling the screen lock feature when the computer is left unattended. This will minimize unauthorized access and use.

Locking Your Computer

  1. Simultaneously press the Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys.
  2. Select "Lock Computer" by clicking on it.

The computer is now secured until the user returns

Unlocking Your Computer

  1. To unlock, simultaneously press Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys again.
  2. Enter your password.

You may now resume working on your computer.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Users are responsible for securing their computer workstations.
  • Supervisors and managers are responsible for educating staff about security procedures


  • Failure to lock (secure) your computer workstation may allow unauthorized access to your computer and the enterprise network.

Contact us

Information Technology




Public Service Building
505 4th Ave S, Room 610
Minneapolis, MN 55415