Possible to time out to login window without logging out?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by SanibelMan, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. SanibelMan macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2004
    I just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mavericks, and I'm hoping this is possible now: I'd like to set something up so that after a certain amount of idle time, the computer will switch to the fast user switching login window, but WITHOUT logging me out. I know I can set it up to log me out after a certain amount of time, but I have programs running (Air Video Server, BOINC) that I'd like to keep running. Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Just set up a screen saver and in Security & Privacy preferences set it to require a password after the screen saver starts.
  3. msvadi, Dec 29, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013

    msvadi macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    1. System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Require Password immediately when sleep or screen saver begins.

    2. Press Control+Shift+Eject to put display to sleep. If your keyboard does not have the Eject button, replace it with the Power button.

    If you now press any key, it will give you the login screen.
  4. SanibelMan thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2004
    Thanks very much, that was exactly what I was looking for. Now we can keep the kids from using our accounts in the middle of the night and stay logged in at the same time.

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