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The new MacBook Air and Pro without optical drives lack an Eject key.

I use Ctrl + Shift + Eject a lot to put my display to sleep at the simple press of three keys. Without the Eject key being there anymore I'm wondering if there's an alternative to those very handy shortcuts which required the Eject key.

The alternatives I've found so far are not too good:

  • in Alfred type "lock" - too many strokes for fast computer locking
  • a hot corner in the bottom left to put the display to sleep - ok, but I get there by error too often and lock the computer for serious productivity bummers
  • close the lid of the MacBook Air - puts the Mac to sleep completely and therefore not very useful, when it should keep doing what it's doing.

Is there a similarly fast alternative to Crtl + Shift + Eject for new Macbook?

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I'm using a MacBook Air 2012 with Mountain Lion, and the new keyboard shortcut is:


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It also works on my mid-2011 MacBook Air, and the power key can also be substituted for eject with other shortcuts. – user495470 Aug 2 '12 at 10:15
This works on my mid 2010 MacBook Pro! +1 – mspasov Aug 2 '12 at 21:23
Just Power works for me on Mavericks on a Mid 2011 Macbook Air and a Late 2013 Macbook Pro. Saves two keystrokes! – Jason S Nov 13 '13 at 1:36
For me the power button itself sleeps the computer. – David Morales Nov 13 '13 at 21:37
What's the power key when using an external keyboard? – DeepSpace101 May 11 '15 at 6:01

I just found that I could lock my screen using the following shortcut:

Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Power ⌽

Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins should be checked in the Security & Privacy in System Preferences panel if you want to ensure a slept screen is also securely locked.

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For completeness you should probably add to your answer that Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins should be checked in the Security & Privacy System preference pane. – Saaru Lindestøkke Feb 16 '13 at 16:37

The easiest way to lock your computer is to set require password immediately and turn off the display with the following key combination: control + shift + power I find this super helpful and a great replacement for ctrl + shift + delete in Windows.

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There's a writeup here about using Automator to assign the keyboard shortcut of your choice to lock the screen.

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Thank you! I installed LockTight, checked "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys" Preferences > Keyboard and set the shortcut for LockTight to crtl + shift + F12. – mwidmann Jul 23 '11 at 9:31
Answers on Ask Different need to be more than just a link. It's okay to include a link, but please summarize or excerpt it in the answer. The idea is to make the answer stand alone. – Daniel Mar 27 '12 at 11:10
I did summarise it in my answer, my summary being "use Automator to assign the keyboard shortcut of your choice to lock the screen." That's the answer; the rest is simply an instruction manual in how to use Automator, which does not belong on a Q&A site. – Mike Scott Mar 27 '12 at 12:02

control ⌃+shift ⇧+eject ⏏ or control ⌃+shift ⇧+power ⌽ should instantly put your display to sleep.

I also recomend you to setup hot corner in System preferences -> Mission control -> Hot Corners. enter image description here

If you want to put machine to sleep use command ⌘+option ⌥+power ⌽

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On Mavericks, simply press the power button to put the display to sleep or Ctrl-Shift-Power works as well.

To put your machine to sleep, use Cmd-Option-Power.

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Simple combination for Macs without eject button:


Don't forget the FN button (& power replaces earlier Eject)

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Thank you! No one else was talking about the FN button and I was going mad. – David Braun Jan 16 '15 at 0:10

Are you just trying to put the display to sleep, or to lock it? If you're just putting the display to sleep, turning the brightness down all the way works as well.

BTW Control+Shift+Power does NOT work on my MacBook Pro 10,1 (Retina).

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Are you running Mountain Lion? Your MBP has an eject key, no? – Daniel Aug 2 '12 at 16:56
The MBP10,1 is the Retina MBP with no eject button. Yes, I'm on ML. But I've rebooted my system since posting the answer, and it now works. ML bug, probably. – FeifanZ Aug 2 '12 at 17:18

Another quick keyboard option is to use Alfred to perform basic system commands. However, I've chosen to customise my commands to put exclamation marks before shutdown, restart and logout to avoid the risk of accidentally activating them.

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On Mavericks (OS X 10.9) I can just use the Power button to put the display to sleep.
I've tested this on a Mid 2011 Macbook Air and a late 2013 Macbook Pro.

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