In case you haven’t noticed it, this is the continuation of Lock Your Mac Desktop but also the compilation of all useful resources from our readers. In the earlier part, we have covered about locking Mac desktop by enabling security password upon waking up and going to login window with fast user switching. If you have yet to know those two, I recommend you to check it out. (Though I doubt most of you will…)
In this article, we will tap on readers’ suggestions on locking Mac desktop, including using active screen corners, utilizing keychain access, installing lock widget, and one more quick trick.
Using Active Screen Corners
First and foremost, I am going to re-introduce again active screen corner (since most of new Mac switchers don’t know about this). Basically, you can assign one of these actions to your active screen corner (and you’ve four corners):
- Show All Windows
- Show All Application Windows
- Show Desktop
- Show Dashboard
- Invoke Spaces
- Start Screen Saver
- Disable Screen Saver
- Sleep Display
By binding one corner for activating screen saver, and empowered with security password upon waking up screen, we can do a really quick desktop lock by only moving mouse pointer to the corner of our screen. Active corner action binding can be done inside System Preferences… → Exposé & Spaces → Exposé.
title="Active Screen Corners"
Utilizing Keychain Access
Keychain Access, a built-in application for Mac, can also be used to lock our screen besides its main functionality to keep our password protected. By following these steps, you will be able to see a lock icon stuck on your menu bar that can assist you in locking up your screen.
- Open Keychain Access (if you don’t know where it is, use Spotlight)
- Go to Keychain Access → Preferences…
- Under General section, tick checkbox ‘Show Status in Menu Bar’
- A Lock icon should now appear on your menu bar. Click on it to see what it can do (obviously, locking screen is on of its features)
title="Keychain Access Preferences"
Installing Lock Widget
If you’re the type of person that hates long-winded initial setups, you can use a widget to lock your desktop. This small, nifty widget, called Locker, can be downloaded here. Just by double-clicking on it, you can lock your Mac desktop (just like when you’re using fast user switching).
title="Locker: Lock Widget"
Employing LockTight for Global Shortcut
I just found this app, named LockTight, that enables you to assign a shortcut, let’s say command-option-ctrl-L to quick-lock Mac desktop.
And anyway, LockTight will be stuck to your System Preferences after installation. (It seamlessly runs as background process)
title="LockTight : An Extra Preferences"
Many options are there for you to choose: from using mouse pointer to assigning keyboard shortcut, from utilizing menu bar to installing additional widget. I believe you know which one you prefer the most. We would be very appreciate if you would share us insight regarding to your preference.