lock a mac?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by kayleee, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. kayleee macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2013
    how do i lock a mac so that it doesn't dim off or something

    it should keep running the same way it does when its not locked, i just need to lock it for security purposes..

    it should keep running normally for hours..
  2. Jardins de Vin macrumors 6502a

    Jardins de Vin

    Nov 6, 2012
    European Union
    You mean to password lock it? Go to System Preferences > Security and there you should have an option so that the Mac will require a password after the number of time you've set.

    That's the number of time after it went to sleep (or just the screen) or after the screensaver was activated.

    If you want it to run in the background you need to go to the "Energy Saver" menu (also in System Prefs) and set the computer to never go to sleep, but only the screen.

    I have set it in a way that after 15 minutes the screen would go to sleep. I have no screensaver so the screen would become all black but the Mac can keep working in the background. This isn't needed for downloads or such where the Mac stays awake itself until the download is finished, although since ML I think this feature doesn't work properly anymore. And then of course if I want to wake up the screen of the Mac, it would require a password.

    Hope this helped!
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    As Sanchez said, you need to configure a password and set the occasions at which your Mac will ask for it. To lock the Mac without putting it to sleep, simply push Control + Shift + Eject (or the Power button if you don't have an Eject key).

    I am not sure whether your Mac will go to sleep anyway after the relevant timer lapses (System Preferences > Energy Saver > Computer Sleep), but you can manually extend it or set it to 'Never', or alternatively download the app Caffeine to prevent your Mac from falling asleep when enabled (it adds a toggle to your Menu Bar).
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    You could just set a hot corner (so much quicker)
  5. Ledgem macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    Yet another method is to open Keychain Access, enable "Show Keychain status in the menu bar" from the Keychain preferences, and then select "Lock Screen" from the menu bar item whenever you want to lock your computer. Note that your user account must have a password set in order to require a password to unlock the computer.

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