Keyboard shortcut for locking the screen?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by nishioka, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. nishioka macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    On my Windows desktop I am used to being able to lock it immediately using Windows+L when I step away from the desk.

    I did some Googling this morning and see that the similar shortcut in OS X is Control + Shift + Eject ( The problem is, I am on a Retina MacBook Pro and don't have an eject button. :mad::D

    Has anyone found an alternative way to do this on a Retina MacBook?

  2. harrisonw1998 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    Get "Hands Off" from the app store. You can choose your own combinations.
  3. nishioka thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    When I search for "hands off" in the Mac App Store I get 0 results back.

    I ended up creating a hot corner and using that instead - seems to be working fine so I'll stick with that. Thanks though :)
  4. strausd, Jul 9, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012

    strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    I literally just went to lock my screen and noticed there is no eject button anymore! Totally having the same problem and don't know what the keyboard shortcut is anymore.

    Anybody figure this out?

    EDIT: The best thing I have figured out so far is to set up a custom gesture with the free application BetterTouchTool. The cool thing is you can combine it with keyboard modifiers such as the command key, option key, etc., so that you will only put the display to sleep when you try to.
  5. mschirrmeister macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2012
    Locking the screen on the new MacBooks with the Retina display is more or less the same.
    Instead of the Eject button, you now use the Power button.

    Shift + Control + Power should lock you screen.
    That’s what works for me here on my machine.

  6. Tonsko macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2010
    I ended up making a little AppleScript, and turned it into an application, gave it an icon on the dock.

    tell application "Terminal"
             do script "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\\ Extras/ -suspend"
    end tell
    (This is on SL, so the locations might have changed. HTH.)

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