I live in Germany, where all doors I saw are automatically locked when closed. So, when one closes the front door, one also needs the key to open it.

So, what do I need to do to prevent the front door from automatically locking? I would like to manually lock the door, if I want to go.

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    There are some types of locks which have a button or lever on the edge of the door to change between lock-on-close and manual locking required. Are you sure your lock does not have this feature? If not, the Germans want it the way it is and I suggest you get used to it and have a door key in your pocket whenever you go out the door. – Jim Stewart Sep 21 '18 at 16:17
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    We can not answer this with out knowing who makes the lock and what model it is. If it is allowed you could buy a lock that suits your purpose's. – Alaska Man Sep 21 '18 at 17:14

Talk to a locksmith

They have no trouble configuring lock mechanisms to engage in any of those behaviors.

As an example, there used to be a "Classroom lock" that once unlocked by the key cannot be relocked except with the key, that was to prevent smart aleck students from locking teacher out. They are now rolling that back because of school shooters.

Anyway they'll have no trouble getting what you want.

The kind of locksmith you want has a retail location where you can take your locksets to them. Many locksmiths are outbound ONLY and they will cost an arm and a leg. "locksmiths" on the internet are typically hot ral, lead generating sites who sell your name to outbound locksmiths.

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