Lock Workstation Action Icon

Lock Workstation




See Also

Lock Workstation | Log Off | Restart | Shut Down | Suspend/Hibernate | Empty Recycle Bin | End Process | Change Printer | Print | Set Date and Time | Run | Block Input | Generate Password


Submits a request to lock the workstation's display. Locking a workstation protects it from unauthorized use. Available on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7.

Practical Usage

Commonly used as the final step in a task to lock the workstation. It is common to use this action to lock the workstation if the task was started when it was locked.


No parameters

Description Properties

The Description tab allows you to customize the text description of any step as it appears in the Task Builder's Steps Pane.

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Error Causes Properties

The Error Causes tab properties lets you instruct a task step to react only to specific errors or ignore certain errors that should cause it to fail.

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On Error Properties

The On Error tab properties lets you determine what the task should do if a particular step encounters an error as defined in the Error Causes properties.

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Additional Notes

Expressions, Variables & Functions

A percent sign is used as a special character in AutoMate to indicate the beginning and end of an expression. This allows variables, functions and other expressions to be entered in any text parameter of a task's properties. For example: %1+1% inside a task will resolve to 2 at runtime. A more elaborate example is %FileDateTime(myFile)% which results to the date/time of myFile. To help construct expressions, you can open Expression Builder by clicking the Insert Expression (%) button or by pressing F2.

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NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.


Description: This task checks the AMTrigger.Locked dataset to determine if the workstation was initially locked when the task started. If it was in a locked state, the task re-locks the workstation before completion.



<!-- Place these steps at the end of the task to make it re-lock if the task was

started locked -->

<AMIF EXPRESSION="%AMTrigger.WasLocked% = 1">




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