I'd like to allow audio to keep working when the screen lock is activated. I.e. the computer should not sleep, really, but I want the security of automatic locking.

I'm on OSX 10.8.5, if it matters.

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This should work: go to System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners… (button on the lower left). On one of the drop down menus (I recommend the lower left), select Put Display to Sleep. To lock the screen you now just have to place the mouse in the corner you designated, but the time it takes for the lock to engage is determined in the Security and Privacy panel of System Preferences > General. Now when your screen is locked music/audio will continue to play (including Airplay music streaming), also downloads will continue, etc., but a password will be required to turn your screen back on.

  • Using hot corners is not automatic locking. Also AFAIK this will not stop the computer from going to sleep
    – markhunte
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 22:54
  • @markhunte Exactly. If only one could get the screensaver to kick in after a few minutes...
    – Jonas N
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 22:58
  • Waitasec...there's a dropdown for that...
    – Jonas N
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 22:59
  • @JonasN, You can. From the Screen Saver system preferences. But if you do not want computer sleep then you would put it to Never in the Energy system preferences
    – markhunte
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 23:01
  • This is odd -- I have both screen saver and Display sleep set at one minute, but despite not touching the mouse, neither seems to activate. Huh.
    – Jonas N
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 23:12

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