How do I lock the screen instantaneously like in XP?

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  1. Vegeta-san macrumors 6502

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    In XP, I can hold "Ctrl-L" to lock my screen and still have whatever is going on in the background go on. But no one else can get into the computer but me because a password is asked for. I've not been able to figure out how to do this in OS X...Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Apple + Shift + Q then press enter to log out.

    EDIT: Oh crap... that wont keep stuff running though. My bad.

    Er... dunno
     
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Quickest way to force a password is to use a hot corner to activate the screen saver. You can set this in the Dashboard & Exposé system preferences. You can use the Security system preference pane to make the screen saver ask for a password.


    A second way to get a login prompt is to enable fast user switching, that will also add a Login Window... menu item.
     
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    And set a hot key (e.g., F12) that is equivalent to the hot corner.
     
  5. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I prefer using my mouse, so what I did is: open Keychain Access and select the pref "Show status in menu bar". That puts a little lock up there which has "Lock Screen" as the first item.

    I'm assuming you already know how to password-protect your screensaver?
     
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    I force my Mac to sleep (and ofcourse have the option ebabled: "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver" in the Security pane in System Preferences).

    Hit the <CTRL> and <EJECT> key, and at the next window, press <S>
     
  7. risc macrumors 68030

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    I just enable Fast User switching and dump myself back to the logon screen.
     
  8. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    1) Windows+L, not Ctrl+L
    2) Why not just freak people out when they touch your computer. :D
     
  9. srf4real macrumors 68030

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  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  11. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I've never found it too onerous to just go to the users menu... but that dashboard widget looks interesting, thanks for the link.
     
  12. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Although it's hard to say that going into Dashboard and then double clicking a widget is in any way easier that just selecting "Login window..." from the User menu.
     
  13. tokolowicz macrumors newbie

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    http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macosxhints/2006/01/lockscreen/index.php

    "Just navigate to System -> Library -> Frameworks -> Screensaver.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources, and then drag ScreenSaverEngine.app onto your dock, sidebar, or toolbar. Now when you want the screensaver to activate, just click the convenient icon. The dock will prove the easiest spot to reach, since it’s visible in all applications. If you have a launcher program such as Peter Maurer’s Butler or Objective Development’s LaunchBar, you could even create a keyboard shortcut that will open the program for you, no mousing around required."

    I personally use Quicksilver and assign "Command-L" as the trigger. Works like a charm.

    Hope this helps.

    -Todd
     
  14. lexus macrumors 68000

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    What is Quicksilver exactly.

    Thanks
     

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