Computer lock on os x

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cardude280, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. cardude280 macrumors member

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    I was wondering if there is anything like the winkey+L on os x that will lock the computer and keep all the applications running
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    System Preferences -> Accounts -> Click the lock -> Login Options -> Enable Fast user switching

    In the Keyboard part of System Preferences (or with Sizzling Keys) you can add a shortcut :)
     
  3. cardude280 thread starter macrumors member

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  4. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    There is also Utility Lock if you want to customise these things a bit further, i coded Utility Lock because i wanted win+L :p
     
  5. cardude280 thread starter macrumors member

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    thats an awesome program thanks for making it
     
  6. osirisX macrumors regular

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    You can also do this with a Quicksilver trigger. Make sure you have it set so that the screen locks when the screensaver comes on. In Quicksilver create a new trigger where you open ScreenSaverEngine. Then set the shortcut that you want.
     
  7. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Surely the easiest way is to use the lock screen option in keychain? Or password protect the screen saver and activate the screensaver with a hot corner.
     

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  8. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Best option, IMO. I use it.
     
  9. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree its nice, but when you want something like a hotkey or something that doesnt block your alarm clock apps ;) you need something with a bit of flexibility.

    But it all depends on your needs really


    PS. My running Utility Lock sits at about 2-4mb after its been running for a while and doesnt bump up much even if it locks the screen, so i wouldnt say it wastes ram/cpu
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hot corner + screen saver + password on recover from screen saver is another good unobtrusive option, as long as you're not too mouse-klutzy! :eek:
     
  11. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    Except if you want it not to lock on sleep or something simple like that, or in my case i wanted lock on sleep but not screensaver ;)
     
  12. cardude280 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok after using Utility lock for a while i can say its pretty much exactly what i was looking for but that the screen doesnt dim or go off when the computer locked and it worries me having my screen on like that for a long time
     
  13. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    It should have its PMS running, could you open a support ticket on my site so i can help find the bug and fix it?

    It was a major bug in < 1.0.2 but i fixed it... well from the reports and tests it seemed so
     
  14. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Open Keychan Access, go to Preferences, and check the box that says Show Status In menu Bar. That'll give you a little lock in the menu bar which you can use to lock the screen. You'll also need to go to System Preferences > Security and check the box that says Require password to wake from screen saver.
     
  15. kompuntu macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    I just found your Utility Lock and so far it is the closest thing to what i was looking for. However, it is missing one of the most important features (at least for me) and that's a shortcut combination to get to the password entry screen when computer is locked!
    You know, sort of "Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to LogOn" thing...

    The reason for this are my cats! The constantly step on the keyboard and they do sometimes manage to press Enter.
    So, if there was a key combo that needed to be pressed to get to the password entry screen - i'd be protected even more from various keyboard-related accidents (they've accidentally renamed my drives a bunch of times already and deleted a bunch of stuff!).
    Plus, it'd be a lot closer to the Windows' version of the screen lock...

    Any way to get such a feature implemented?

    Thanks in advance.

    Sal.
     

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