Information Services

Logging in and out

Before you can use an open access PC you must log in to your personal account.

Logging in

Press any key on the keyboard or click the mouse to 'wake' the computer and display if the screen is blank.  Press any key or click the mouse and this displays the Regulations for Workstation Use. Press Enter or click OK to continue.

The Login screen is displayed.  Enter your UUN and open access password in the boxes that appear and press Enter.

If you are a student, your username is the letter S followed by your matriculation number, which can be found on your student card. Members of staff and visitors to the University should have been issued a username and initial password.

If you have registered with EASE, your open-access password should be the same as your EASE password, though it is possible to have them set differently. If you do not know your password, or are having trouble logging in, please contact the IS Helpline 0n 0131 651 5151 or by email on

Once you are logged in the main Windows 10 desktop appears.

Difficulty logging in?

If you can't log in, please see our FAQs on Usernames, Passwords and Access.

Logging out

When you are finished using the computer, you must log out. If you don't, other people will be able to access your files and print using your credit.

Do not press the power switch on the computer, or otherwise shut down the computer.

  1. Click on the Start button  or press the Windows key.
  2. Click the My account button to the top left of the window that is displayed.
    My account button
  3. Click the Sign out option on the menu that is presented.

Locking your computer

If you need to leave the computer unattended you should lock the computer to prevent anyone using it while you are away.  

To lock your computer, hold down the Windows key and press L (does not need to be a capital letter).

Computers may be locked for a maximum of 30 minutes. After that time, the computer will automatically log you out.

If you don't do this and your computer logs you out, you will lose any unsaved work.

Unlocking your computer

Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and press the Delete key once. Type your password in the textbox presented and press Enter.