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Lock Screen without going to Sleep

It is now time for yet another handy tip for your Mac and tell you how to lock your mac without it goes to sleep.

If you work with any type of sensitive material and use your computer in public, you sometimes want to lock your computer so no one else can access your data. Mac OS X has several ways of doing this, but there are pros and cons with most of them. These tips are for portable Macs only.

1. You can lock your computer by closing the lid or press the power button in the right corner of the keyboard.

This is a very good way to lock your computer, when you reopen it or hits any key you will be asked to enter your password.

In order for this to work, you need to require a password when your Mac wakes from sleep.
To do this: Open System Preferences, Go to the Security pane, and select the Require Password to Wake This Computer From Sleep.

The disadvantage with this method is that putting the computer into sleep will disable the wireless Ethernet function and you will loose Internet connection. This is not smart if you are downloading or using you Internet connection other ways ie. Radio or streaming.

2. You can lock you computer by pressing Shift+Ctrl+Eject

This is by far the best way to lock you computer. The screen will turn black, but all processes will be kept running. This allows your downloads or stream to continue while away from the computer.

Again, in order for this to work, you need to require a password when your Mac wakes from sleep.
To do this: Open System Preferences, Go to the Security pane, and select the Require Password to Wake This Computer From Sleep.

When you come back to your computer you will be asked to enter your password, the screen will look like this.

The login screen after locking the Mac

This is a ready good tip for many Mac users – pass it on!

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4 comments

  1. Dan

    Does it work on all versions of Mac OS?
    It doesnt seem to work in Mac OS LION :/

  2. admin

    Dan –> It should work just fine in Mac OS Lion – What seems to be the problem?

  3. gold account

    In Leopard, you can configure it so that a password is required when waking the system from computer sleep (i.e. close the lid) or returning from the screen saver, but not display sleep. This allowed me to easily lock my screen by activating the screen saver with a hot corner or have it lock automatically after an extended period of time when the screen saver kicked in or the machine went to sleep.

  4. Thomas

    how to lock your mac? I just close the lid. I never stream or download :)

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