How do I disable the screensaver/lock?


UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8.1 and later.

In previous article we told you how to change the background image of new lock screen present in Windows 8:

How to Change Lock Screen Background Image in Windows 8?

There are many people who don't like this new lock screen. Its useless for them as it doesn't do anything special. Lock screen might look good on smartphones and tablets but its of no use in Desktops and laptops. Also it requires an extra step to unlock the locked PC. If you also one of those Windows 8 users who don't like the lock screen and want to disable it, this tutorial will help you.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to turn off the lock screen in Windows 8? By following this guide, you'll no longer see the lock screen in Windows 8.

By default, Windows 8 doesn't provide any option to disable lock screen but you can use following 2 methods to disable it:

METHOD 1: Using Group Policy...
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You can always use the Caffeine extension to stop the screen auto-locking.

For the latest versions of Gnome you are supposed to use dconf not gconf to change settings.

So to 'lockdown' the screen as @deusdara suggests, either run:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.lockdown disable-lock-screen true

Or navigate to org.gnome.desktop.lockdown in dconf-editor and tick disable-lock-screen

The problem with this (I ain't checked much), is that this may only remove the 'lock' button from the menu, but it is still lockable via the keyboard shortcu, so it might still lock automatically.

Apart from the other suggested methods, there is always this:

sudo yum remove gnome-screensaver

Surprisingly, this does not remove half the system as dependencies... But still is not much of an idea.

The top two ideas tested in Gnome 3.8.4 on Fedora 19 - Caffeine works brilliantly, while the second one vaguely...

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Windows 8 or 10’s lock screen is at home on a tablet, but it just adds an additional key press to the login process on a desktop or laptop. You can disable the lock screen with a quick registry hack.

We have previously given instructions for disabling the lock screen, but these required the group policy editor. Once you have made this tweak, Windows will always go straight to the password prompt, skipping the new lock screen.

Update: Unfortunately, Microsoft disabled these tweaks in the Anniversary Update of Windows 10, so these tweaks will only work on Windows 8 or Windows 10 Enterprise.

Quickly Disable the Lock Screen

If you do not want to edit the registry by hand, we have done the work for you. Just click here and download the .zip file to your computer:


Open the downloaded file and double-click the DisableLockScreen.reg file to disable the lock screen on your computer. (If you are...

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No matter which Android device you own, chances are a lock screen will be the first thing you see every time you power on your device. Whether you have to dismiss this screen with just a swipe or by entering a pattern, PIN, password or fingerprint scan, it delays access to your apps by at least a few moments.

MORE: Android 6.0 Marshmallow Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

Now if you aren’t too worried about the privacy of your device and don’t want to waste precious seconds swiping or tapping at your screen every time you want to use it, then completely disabling the lock screen is just a few simple steps away.

1. Open Settings. You can find Settings in the app drawer or by tapping the cog icon in the upper-right corner of the notification shade.

2. Select Security.

3. Tap Screen Lock.

4. Select None. If you have an existing secure unlock (pattern, PIN, password or fingerprint scan) you’ll be prompted to enter it before you can disable...

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The lock screen is the screen you see when you

lock your PC

(or when it locks automatically after you haven't been using it for a while). The lock screen will also show at startup, and when you are signed out and idle for one minute. You will need to dismiss the lock screen to be able to see the sign in screen and sign in to Windows. Users can dismiss the lock screen using touch, the keyboard, or by dragging it up with the mouse.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the lock screen to show before the sign in screen for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable the lock screen.


Open the

Local Group Policy Editor


2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization


In the right pane of

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How to Disable the Lock Screen on Windows 10

If your PC setup includes a mouse and keyboard, you'll be happy to know that most of the touchscreen-first features of Windows 8 have gone by the wayside in Windows 10. Where it once required awkward gestures to access key features, Windows now recognizes when you're using a traditional desktop or laptop, then responds by making sure that all features can be easily discovered with clickable buttons and menu entries.

Unfortunately, there are still a few minor remnants of Windows 8's touchscreen-first approach. Most notably, a lock screen greets you as soon as you boot your PC, which has to be clicked or swiped away before you can log into Windows. While this might be great for preventing accidental pocket unlocking on smartphones and tablets, it really serves no purpose on a traditional PC, so I'll show you how to disable it below.

Method 1: Use Group Policy Editor to Disable the Lock Screen

This first...

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XScreenSaver is a screen saver and locker for the X Window System.


Install the package.

For an Arch Linux branded experience, install the AUR package.


Most options are configured on a user-by-user basis by running xscreensaver-demo. xscreensaver-demo writes the chosen configuration to ~/.xscreensaver, discarding any manual modifications to the file. Global options are defined in /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver.

Since at least XScreenSaver 5.22, there is another way to edit XScreenSaver's user configuration, using Xresources. This includes theming support. See [1] for the version 5.22 defaults.

DPMS and blanking settings

This article or section needs language, wiki syntax or style improvements.


"overrides DPMS" is vague - xscreensaver does the equivalent of

xset s 0 0

, uses its own timer for the various animations, but sets the DPMS timeout to the values in

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Every time your computer boots or wakes from sleep, you have to click your mouse button or swipe up to make the lockscreen disappear before you get hit with a login prompt.

You can save time and a click by disabling the lock screen and going straight to the login screen in Windows 10. Here's how.

Open the registry editor. Hit CTRL + R, then type regedit into the prompt and hit Enter. Click Yes if you receive a warning from User Account Control.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows by opening the various folders in the tree.

Create a new registry key called Personalization if one doesn't already exist. To create the key, right click in the right pane, select Key from the menu and then rename the key to "Personalization."

Navigate the Personalization key.

Right click in the right pane and select New then DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name the new value "NoLockScreen"...

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If you want to wrap your app in a script that takes care of this for you when you launch it (or GUI simply isn't an option), the best command-line solution as of Ubuntu 14.04 is:

To disable the screen blackout:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.session idle-delay (0 to disable)

To disable the screen lock:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver lock-enabled false

You probably want to add their inverses at the end of the wrapper script to return your system to normal behavior on exit. In such a case, you want to prevent against ungraceful termination (i.e. interrupt, or SIGTERM during system shutdown), so create a function to restore normal behavior and use trap 0 (for bash-type shells) to catch exits and apply the restoration...

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The screensaver / lock screen isn't temporarily disabled when playing videos in some applications or in a web browser which can be very annoying, so here are two ways to inhibit the screensaver while watching videos.

1. Caffeine

Caffeine is a small tray / indicator app that automatically inhibits the screensaver / sleep powersaving when certain programs are running, which works with both GNOME Screensaver and Xscreensaver.

You probably already know Caffeine (we've covered it


), which means you might know that it doesn't work with some Flash websites such as YouTube or HTML5 videos. But you can configure it to automatically disable the screensaver when a certain process is detected from its preferences: click "Add", then add the processes you want, like "vlc" for instance:

This way, you can add "firefox" for instance (alternatively, you can add "plugin-container" to only disable the screensaver when Flash is running) or...

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You will have to employ this command for all users, but after that it will be run and set upon each login. I can't put it in a code box because there are quoted returns in the command that the code box sees as an end. But will be read quite differently by BASH. Copy and paste the following in a terminal and press enter. Do this for each user. It could be incorporates into an install script as well but you will need someone more experienced with making a script run for each user. Copy and paste the whole thing, from echo to the last autostart blank lines and all, one big copy and paste.

echo '#!/bin/bash sleep 15 xset s 0 0 xset s off exit 0' > ; chmod +x ; echo '[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Exec= sh ~/ Hidden=false NoDisplay=false X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true Name=Screen-Saver-Off Comment=to turn off the Xserver power save' > Screen-Saver-Off.desktop ; chmod +x Screen-Saver-Off.desktop ; mv Screen-Saver-Off.desktop...
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Every major Linux desktop nowadays comes with a screensaver program by default (e.g., xscreensaver), which then can be used to lock the screen for security purposes. The default screensaver is typically configurable, and you can change settings like inactivity period or screen lock delay. You may want to adjust these settings based on your typical work environment. Also, in case you want prevent your screen from going off and locked down for an extended period of time (e.g., when watching a movie), you probably want to disable screen lock feature.

In this tutorial, I am going to show how to control screen lock on various Linux desktop environment.

GNOME 3 Desktop

Go to "System Settings" -> "Brightness and Lock". In this setting, you can set screen inactivity period and screen lock delay. Also, you can enable or disable screen locking.

If you want to control screen lock from the command line, here is how to do it.

To activate screensaver...

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Any time that you are away from your computer, it’s a good idea to lock the screen. This provides a level of privacy and security to the Mac that is very easy to use and implement and it should be considered a must-use trick, particularly for anyone working in public spaces, offices, schools, or anywhere else that there is potential of an outside party accessing the computer. The fastest way to lock the screen of any Mac OS X computer is to use a simple keyboard shortcut.

We’ll walk through exactly how to set up the lock screen feature and show you the keystrokes to use to instantly lock the Mac, thereby requiring a password to be entered before the machine can be used again.

Enable the Lock Screen in Mac OS X

To use the lock screen keyboard shortcuts you first must enable the lock screen ability in OS X. With this enabled, you can then lock down the Mac instantly and require a password for it to be usable again. Here’s how to enable the lock screen in Mac...

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Ubuntu 16.04 will be available for download in a few hours and since many of you will be installing it as soon as it's released, here are some useful things you can do right after the installation.

Get some Ubuntu AppIndicators

Every Unity user needs some AppIndicators - the tiny icons that sit on the top panel, next to the clock. Below you'll find 3 such AppIndicators, two which add some missing functionality to the desktop and one for some eyecandy.

1. My Weather Indicator

Probably my favorite indicator, "My Weather Indicator" displays the current weather on the Unity panel. From the Indicator menu, you can see a weather forecast and more. The application even supports adding desktop weather widgets.

To install it in Ubuntu 16.04, you'll need to use a PPA. Add the PPA and install My Weather Indicator using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao sudo apt update sudo apt...
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Posted: October 18th, 2010 | Author: Ken | Filed under: computing | Tags: linux, untagle | 8 Comments »

This is a work in progress as I build up an Untangle box for personal use. Using the Lite (open source) version 7.4 (EDIT 11.15.2010 -- now running 8.0.0) on a Xeon server with 4 physical interfaces.

DO NOT follow any of this verbatim. This is a jumble of notes for my personal use that I hope may help a few other folks trying for a similar setup.

Install from USB disk:
Use manual partitioning to setup full disk encryption (sda2_crypt) with LVM for separate / and /home. ext2 /boot, xfs for root & home

Enable & lockdown ssh:
* edit /etc/ssh/sshd.conf with my preferred config
* mv /etc/ssh/sshd_not_to_be_run /etc/ssh/sshd_not_to_be_run.bak
* restart ssh

Use the terminal from the gui to create root password and a non-root user

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