Is this possible on a mac?

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  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    In windows XP, if your doing something like a file transfer or a program is doing something you can lock the computer and leave and someone has to use a password to get back in. Well I thought that log off would do it on my Mac but when I do that it closes the programs. Is there an equivelant to the windows xp lock in mac?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Under System Preferences --> Security you can set your computer to require a password to wake your computer from screen saver or sleep.

    You can also open Applications --> Utilities --> Keychain Access --> Preferences and add a handy "lock" icon to your menu bar that will allow you to lock your screen when you want to step away from your computer.
     
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    this has been asked many times. please use the search feature.

    there are many ways to do this. look here.
     
  4. zaney macrumors regular

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    The keychain lock that WildCowboy mentioned is the equivalent of locking your screen on a Mac.
    The other option is to set your screensaver to require a password, and then go into the exposé preferences and set up a screen corner to start the screensaver. That way you can lock it just by moving the cursor to that corner.
     
  5. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks for the replies guys :) Thats exactly what I was looking for.

    As for using the search feature I apologize, I usually do but today I was in a rush. Great info none the less :)
     
  6. zaney macrumors regular

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    I feel it's not my place to reprimand you for not searching, as I only registered yesterday :D
    Besides, as easy as it's made to sound, it's still easy to miss something.
    You're welcome anyway, good luck with keeping people out :D
     

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