Like Windows L (for LOCK): password lock?

CavemanMike

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Original poster
Nov 8, 2013
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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?

Thanks,
Mike
 

motorboating

macrumors newbie
Nov 28, 2012
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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.
 

Significant1

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Dec 20, 2014
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Enable quick user switching, it will place a menuitem in the menubar, where you can select lockscreen.
 

dwfaust

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CavemanMike

macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 8, 2013
204
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Alfred (alfredapp.com) has this built in (in the free version). Just activate it and type LOCK .

Problem solved!
 
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