How to 'lock screen' (request password)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sharpblade1986, May 19, 2009.

  1. sharpblade1986 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2009

    Does OSX has a keyboard shortcut as linux (CTRL ALT L) to lock the screen? Unfortunately, OSX doesn't require password to return after a display sleep. It only requests password after sleep. I need a keyboard shortcut to solve this problem or a screensaver with sleep display function.

  2. mr.stinki macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2008
    If you go to system preferences>security there's a checkbox for requiring a password to wake from sleep or screensaver.
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    ^^^But he's looking for something to lock it on display sleep, not on screensaver or system sleep.

    You can activate the Keychain Access menu item (it's in Utilites --> Keychain Access, then in the Preferences menu). That will allow you to lock your screen with a quick click on the menu item. You can also customize a keyboard shortcut for it, although if I remember correctly, you have to make sure the menu item is at the far left of your row of icons.

    Edit: Here is a good article...the method I'm talking about is near the bottom.
  4. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    ....and to go with that screensaver password unlock, select a "hot corner" where you can put the mouse to invoke the screensaver immediately (thus locking the console). The setting is with the screensaver settings. I use the upper-right-hand corner for this on my systems.
  5. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Open the program "Keychain Access".

    Go to Preferences.

    Go to "General".

    Select "Show status in menu bar".

    That gives you a little lock icon in the menu bar. You click on it and select
    "Lock Screen".
  6. osin macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    You can setup your screen saver to ask for the password.
    And to quickly activate screen saver there is a shortcut for this: Command+Option+Eject
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Homeboy, that puts the computer to sleep. ;)

    I'd stick with WildCowboy's idea.
  8. nomad01 macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2005
    Birmingham, England
    Yeah this is what I do too but I like the Keychain Access idea... have to give it a whirl.
  9. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    Ditto - does the same thing, but now I won't accidentally invoke the screensaver like I sometimes do with the hot corner. The key lock is nice/better, I think. Although, I would think putting that in with the screensaver settings would make more sense than with Keychain Access, but that's just me.
  10. sharpblade1986 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2009
    Does exists a screen saver which turns the display off (sleep display)? When I lock the screen, i would like to sleep display.

    Thanks for all,
  11. sOwL macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2007
    Nerd Cave
    Let me give my 5 cents here... I got SizzlingKeys installed, its for customizing keyboard shortcuts for itunes, but u can also set some key shortcuts for other stuff... one of them is to lock your computer. So, now whenever i want to lock my computer i just use the key shortcut i set up in sizzlingkeys, and i get that nice cube effect and my screen gets locked up. Now, because i also want to turn the display off most of the times that i lock it, after its locked u can always use the shortcut that mac has, ctrl+shift+eject and ur display instantly turns off... So actually u just need to press 2 keyboard shortcuts and u got ur mac locked and ur display off. Works nicelly for me at least
  12. osin macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    My bad :D
  13. osin macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    just another idea:

    go to System Preferences>Accounts> and go to lower left corner, click on "Login Options" and check the box next to "Enable fast user switching"

    this way you will have an account name on menu bar next to the clock.
    Click the name and click on "Login Window"

    you should see a dialog box asking you for password. there you can simply hit Control + Shift + Eject to sleep the screen...
  14. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Control + Shift + Eject turns off the screen but does not sleep the system.
  15. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Somewhat relevant suggestion: A program like MacLoc is a nice screen locking system.
  16. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007

    You can then click and select "Login Window"
    or assign keyboard shortcut to the function.

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