How to lock macOS with shortcut keys

by Nikhil GohilMarch 24, 2017 · 2 min read · Last Updated:

I was working on my project at my desk and then I left my desk for some time after returning back, I saw my Project Manager’s Pic set as a my Mac’s wallpaper.

He was smiling and showing thumbs up with a 𝐁𝐈𝐆 smile. 😊👍🏻

He did not do anything wrong with my machine 💻, but this incident made me alert about my security. So Now, I wanted my machine’s screen to be locked with quick action. There is a ways to make it on Mac OS X. Follow the process to setup your machine for shortcut keys to lock your screen.

  1. Open System Preferences > Security & Privacy.
  2. In the General tab, select Require Password after sleep or screen saver begins, and select immediately from drop down.
  3. You will be prompted for Password to change screen lock settings.

Now, Close System Preference Now we are ready to lock the screen. 𝕎OO𝕙ȯȫ‼

Press Control+Shift+Power or Eject to Sleep Mac

This automatically lock the screen and if you press Space bar key it will ask for Password. Whoop you are Safe now. 😃

Below are a few commands which I tried while doing this process.

Control+Command+Option+Power or Eject => Shut Down immediately

Control+Power => Prompt for options

Note: _ Don’t press this unless you want to restart, I did this accidentally and all my application state lost 😩 . So try this on your own Risk. 😛

Control+Command+Power or Eject => Restart

Now, This will log you off from the Machine so do it wisely. 🙃

Command+Shift+Q => Log off of your Mac

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