Like Windows L (for LOCK): password lock?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CavemanMike, May 9, 2016.

  1. CavemanMike macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2013
    I don't like entering a password each time my macbook wakes up.

    There are times, however, I'd like to press a keyboard shortcut and force my macbook El Capitain into a locked password state.

    Any 3rd party apps for this?

  2. motorboating macrumors newbie


    Nov 28, 2012
    Keychain Access (in the /Applications/Utilities folder) has a preference to place a lock in the menu bar near the clock. Clicking this then allows you to lock either the screen or the keychain.

    You can also set a Hot Corner (System Prefs > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver > Hot Corners) to 'put display to sleep.' If your system is set to ask for a password after wake or screen saver, then moving the mouse pointer to the specified corner will trigger that.

    If you really want a keyboard shortcut, you could trigger a key combination to execute

    pmset displaysleepnow

    at the command line (which may require a bit of extra work/research.)

    I'm not aware of any third party apps specifically to achieve this because I've never bothered Googling it. The hot corners and/or keychain icon work well enough.
  3. Significant1 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2014
    Enable quick user switching, it will place a menuitem in the menubar, where you can select lockscreen.
  4. dwfaust, May 9, 2016
    Last edited: May 10, 2016

    dwfaust macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2011
  5. mag01 macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2011
  6. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    Keychain menubar icon is how I've always done it.
  7. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
  8. CavemanMike thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2013
    Alfred ( has this built in (in the free version). Just activate it and type LOCK .

    Problem solved!

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