Apple OS X Lock Desktop / Screen

Posted on in Categories last updated April 6, 2011

I need to prevent others using my desktop or laptop while I’m away from it. How do I lock my Laptop (Macbook or Macbook pro) / desktop using Mac OS X operating systems without using 3rd party applications?

You can lock your screen with password. First, you need to lock your computer screen:

  1. Open System Preferences, and then click Security.
  2. Select “Require password after sleep or screen saver begins.”
Fig.01: Locking your computer screen
Fig.01: Locking your computer screen

Keyboard Shortcut To Lock Your Desktop Screen

To put screen to sleep press [CTRL] + [Shift] + [Eject].

Menubar Shortcut To Lock Your Desktop Screen

Open Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access > Preferences >Select “Status in Menu Bar“.

Fig.02: Apple OS X Keychain utility
Fig.02: Apple OS X Keychain utility

To lock screen click on Menubar lock symbol > Select “Lock screen

Fig.03: Locking the screen
Fig.03: Locking the screen

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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      1. Well, the core kernel (Darwin) is open source. But the OS X in it’s current form is def. not open source. And for every day that goes, it’s a bit less open.

        But I would still say, even if it pains me, that the core of OS X def. is open source.

  1. This is a great article, exactly what I was looking for.

    I am also looking for to make Macbook display as primary upon power failure. I use Dell monitor as primary and want to switch upon power failure to continue working with Macbook display.

    Any pointer would help.

    I appreciate for blogging.

    Thanks

  2. Exactly what i was looking for.

    My previous post didn’t appear so posting again.

    I am also looking for a keyboard shortcut key to make Macbook display as primary upon power failure.

    I am using Dell monitor as primary.

    Your blog helped me to find what I was looking for.

    Thanks

  3. The best way to lock your mac screen quickly
    1.Search in the spotlight “Desktop & Screen saver”
    2.Go to bottom “HOT corners”
    3.Select screen saver and then move your cursor it will lock quickly (in that you have already activated the option “lock the screen immediately “)

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