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Require Passwords for Screen Savers

Windows 10

1. Right click on any empty space on the desktop and select "Personalize" from the drop-down menu. 


2. Click on the "Lock Screen" option on the left and scroll down the right side of the window and select "Screen saver settings".

3. In the new window, select the "Screen Saver" option from the pulldown menu. Set the "Wait" time to 5 minutes and check the "On resume, desplay the logon screen" checkbox. Click "Apply" and "OK". This will automatically bring up the screen saver after 5 minutes of inactivity and you will be prompted for the Windows password to use the computer.

4. HELPFUL HINT: You don't have to wait for your screen saver to lock your computer. You can lock your Windows computer at any time by using the "Ctrl-L" key combination. The "Ctrl-L" key combination will work any time you want secure your computer. You don't have to set up the screen saver to use the "Ctrl-L" key combination.


  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General.

  2. Select “Require password 1 minute after sleep or screen saver begins.”

  3. Click the pop-up menu and choose the time that passes before a password is required.

Then, set your screen saver
  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver
  2. Click the Screen Saver tab. Screen savers appear on left side of the window, and a preview of the selected screen saver appears on the right.
  3. Use the “Start after” pop-up menu to choose 10 minutes.