Mac: Quickly Lock your screen using the menu bar!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AETech, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. AETech macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2013
  2. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    You can also do the same thing by pressing the following on a Mac with an Eject button on the keyboard:-

    [Shift] + [Control] + [Eject]

    Apparently (I've not tried this) the following works on the newer Macs where the eject button is replaced by the power button (top right of the keyboard):-

    [Shift] + [Control] + [Fn] + [Power Button]
  3. AETech thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2013
    The two commands that you show do put the display to sleep, but don't however lock it, as this tutorial shows.
  4. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    thats dependant on your settings.
    Make sure you have the require password after sleep option ticked in the security & privacy section of the system preferences.
    That when when you use the shortcut to send the mac to sleep it will ask you for your password when you start using it again.
  5. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Interesting. My preference is a hot corner to start the screen saver and lock the screen. Just throw the mouse down & to the right. :)
  6. And macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2009
    92 ft above sea level, UK
    Me too, but up and to the right here :)
  7. steiney macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Those keyboard shortcuts can't be remapped using the built in shortcut remapper in the system preferences panel and I wanted a shortcut that I could execute with one hand since I usually hit the key combo when I'm standing up from my desk to walk out.

    So, I downloaded a set of little scripts (apps) called Dockables and then I used an app called Alfred to create a keyboard shortcut that executes the Dockables app that sleeps the screen.

    I've got the "require password immediately" option selected so as soon as the screen sleeps, it requires a password to get back in. A little bit of a lengthy process to accomplish the goal but there was no quick solution I could find that provided all the bits I wanted.

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