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Lock Computer - Add or Remove from User Tile Menu

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    Lock Computer - Add or Remove from User Tile Menu

    Lock Computer - Add or Remove from User Tile Menu
    How to Add or Remove "Lock" from User Tile Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is online now
    23 Sep 2011
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    How to Add or Remove "Lock" from User Tile Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1



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    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Lock computer option from the user tile menu on the Start screen for all users in Windows 8.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: User Tile Menu
    NOTE: This is on the Start screen. You can press the Windows key to see the Start screen if you are not already on it.

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    Lock Computer - Add or Remove from User Tile Menu OPTION ONE Lock Computer - Add or Remove from User Tile Menu
    Add or Remove Lock in User Tile Menu using System Settings
    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Power Options icon.


    2. In the left pane of Power Options, click on the Choose what the power buttons do link. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link at the top. (see screenshot below)
    WARNING: If you completely disable UAC notification settings, then you might not have the Change settings that are currently unavailable link available, and the "Shutdown settings" would remain greyed out with no way of changing them until UAC is enabled to at least the default setting.

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    4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.


    5. To Add "Lock" to User Tile Menu

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Under Shutdown settings, check the Lock box, and click on Save Changes. (see screenshot below step 6A)
    NOTE: If the Shutdown settings are not listed, then you will need to close the System Settings window, enable hibernate, then start back at step 1 again.

    B) Go to step 7 below.

    6.
    To Remove "Lock" from User Tile Menu

    A) Under Shutdown settings, uncheck the Lock box, and click on Save Changes. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If the Shutdown settings are not listed, then you will need to close the System Settings window, enable hibernate, then start back at step 1 again.

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    B) Go to step 7 below.

    7.
    When finished, you can close the Power Options window.





    Lock Computer - Add or Remove from User Tile Menu OPTION TWO Lock Computer - Add or Remove from User Tile Menu
    Add or Remove Lock in User Tile Menu using Group Policy

    NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

    1.
    From the Start screen, start typing gpedit.msc and press Enter when finished.
    NOTE: You could also press Windows+R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In the left pane, click on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and open File Explorer. (see screenshot below)

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    4.
    In the right pane of File Explorer, double click/tap on Show lock in the user tile menu. (see screenshot above)

    5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.

    6. To Add "Lock" to User Tile Menu

    A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 7A)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    7. To Remove "Lock" from User Tile Menu

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Great guide :-)

    Anybody knows if it somehow is possible to add "shut down" and "sleep" to the user tile menu?

    /Kim

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    Posts : 22,503
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Kim, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Not that I know of so far, but this could make using all of the Power options easier to use.

    Power - Add Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8

    ....or you could use these shortcut that can be "Pin to Start".

    Shut Down Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    and

    Sleep Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi Shawn

    Thanks for your suggestions. Actually I have tried these options among others, but I would really prefer to have the sleep and shutdown in the user tile menu. IMO it makes a cleaner UI and at the same time it will be simpler for my kids and wife to figure out since we also do a lot of user switching.

    /Kim
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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