can i lock the screen with one button ?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by stuartrozier, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. stuartrozier macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011
    Hello, I'm simply wanting to use 'one' key to lock my mac, not a series of 3,

    is there a way to customise one of the 'F' keys to do this ?

    Many thanks,
  2. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    Customisable F keys is something I miss so much now I no longer use PCs, but I think I'm right in saying you can't do this on a Mac.

    The only way I found to quickly lock a Mac is to enable hot corners, (see system preferences), but it quickly gets annoying as you inevitably lock your Mac accidentally every two minutes. I disabled it soon after.
  3. stuartrozier, Oct 6, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2014

    stuartrozier thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011
    thanks for quick reply, your example is exactly the reason i want a button,

    hot corners is too easily activated, i would just like to hit a button, and walk away knowing its locked safe an secure, hmmm,

    maybe a third party app ?

    is their a way of creating custom shortcuts for the keyboard ?
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    See the Apple discussion here:

    In particular, see post #3, the first one by Seph.

    1. Ctrl-shift-eject sleeps the display, which requires a password to wake, if enabled in System Preferences > Security.
    2. Make a service in Automator, then attach a shortcut key to it (process described in Seph's post).

    Found using google search terms: mac screensaver service
  5. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    It is not a 'button', but if you put Keychain Status in your menu bar (Keychain Access, Preferences, "Show Keychain Status in menu bar"), you can lock the screen with a click (or two).


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