What is Windows Security Button & How Do You Use It?

Explore ways to enable Windows Security button

by Vlad Turiceanu
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  • The Windows security button was introduced in tablet computers for users to easily access the login screen.
  • For Windows computers, it is not a physical button, it is a combo of keys, Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  • This guide will show you how to use the Security button on your Windows devices.
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Over the years, security and accessibility have become a priority for every device user. Therefore device manufacturers and computer software developers have started introducing new features to ensure device security. One such functionality is the Windows Security button.

In this blog, we will discuss this feature introduced by Microsoft for secure login on its tablets and computers. 

What is the Windows Security button on a PC?

For devices like tablets, the Windows Security button is a physical button available on the tablet. When pressed, it starts a secure attention sequence (same as when you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete) and brings up the login screen in front of you, allowing you to log in seamlessly to your device. 

For Windows desktops and laptops, Windows Security is not a button but a secure sign-in setting that needs to be activated. For added security, users can press Ctrl+Alt+Delete before signing in.

Where is my Windows Security button?

Well, the position or availability of the Security button depends on the device manufacturers. For most Windows tablet computers, there is a physical button. But if you can’t find a security button on your computer, you can enable the Ctrl+Alt+Delete function using the below-mentioned methods.

How can I enable Windows Security on a PC?

1. Tablet computers

  1. Tap on Start to get Settings, then Control Panel.
  2. Go to Mobile PC, followed by Tablet PC Settings.
  3. On the Tablet PC Settings page, tap on Buttons, then Button Settings For.
  4. Now look for the Screen orientation of your button.
  5. Go to the Tablet button list, tap Windows Security, then Change.
  6. From the Press options, choose Log On option to set the action for the button.
  7. Tap OK when prompted and close the settings windows. You can now press the button to get the login screen.

2. Desktops & laptops

2.1 Using Group Policy Editor

  1. Press Windows + R to get the Run console.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and then hit Enter to open Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options
  4. On the right side pane, look for Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL + ALT+ DEL.
  5. Double-click it, and you will get the Enabled and Disabled options on the next screen. Windows security button
  6. Put a checkmark on the radio button beside the Disabled option to enable a secure login.

2.2 Using User Accounts settings

  1. Press Windows + R to get the Run console.
  2. Type netplwiz and hit Enter.Windows security button
  3. On the User Accounts page, click on the Advanced tab.Windows Security button enable
  4. Under Secure sign-in, put a checkmark beside Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

How do I use the Windows Security button to log in?

Once you have enabled the Security button on a tablet or the secure sign-in option for computers, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Security button if available, or press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete option to bring up the login screen.
  2. Enter your credentials to log in to your computer.

So, this is how you can use the security button on Windows to secure your device and also for easy and fast login.

Are you stuck somewhere while following the process? Please mention your queries in the comments section, and we will try to help you with that. 

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