Locking Your Mac

Who knew? I’ve been a Mac owner for over a year now and never knew that you could lock a Mac in a way similar to the way a Windows machine can be locked. At work, locking my machine has become a natural part of the process of standing up. Get a little inertia behind the effort and hit Windows+L on the way to standing fully erect. It wasn’t always that way, but after returning to inverted mouse buttons, a modified Start menu and whatnot, I learned.

I have less need with my Mac since I rarely use it in the workplace, but there are times. I just never knew I could. There are a few hacky ways like setting a screensaver password and using a hot corner to start the screensaver, but that just seems, well, hacky. The way I prefer is this:

  1. Open the Keychain Access application (/Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access.app)
  2. Open the application’s preferences (Cmd+,)
  3. Select the option to Show Status in Menu Bar

A padlock icon will appear on the menu bar. Click the icon and select the Lock Screen option and the machine will be locked. The screen cannot be unlocked without a password being entered.

It’s nowhere near as smooth as Windows+L, but it’s not quite as inelegant as the screensaver hot corner solution, either.

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