I would like to lock the computer when not at home but leave the computer unlocked at home.

If I choose to lock the Mac after the screen saver starts I can lock it with control+shift+power but then these settings will also force me to enter the password when I am home.

Is there a way to manually force a lock without locking the screen saver?

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    No duplicate because I am using power instead of eject. My problem is that using Ctrl+Shift+Power just seems to turn off the screen. But I want to lock it so a password is required to work at it again. Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 17:46
  • I quote one answer from that Q: "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."
    – Arne
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 17:48
  • As written - the question is a duplicate. If you take the comments and explain how the other question doesn't work (linking to it in the body) we can then re-open this. Just explain how you don't get how the answers on the other questions would work after reading Arne's comment.
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 19:16
  • @bmike he commented my answer: he knows about the key combination, he wants to know how to lock the screen without using the screen saver.
    – Matteo
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 5:41
  • itunes.apple.com/nl/app/lock-me-now/id464265594?mt=12 <-- press command + L to lock or set your own command.
    – Rob
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 6:32

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If you don't want to reduce the time for a password prompt after the screen saver starts you can use Keychain Access. Start it and in the preferences choose to show the status in the menu bar

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You will be then able to lock the screen immediately with Lock Screen:

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  • Confirmed that if the security option is set to require password immediately, then Control+Shift+Power will lock the Macbook.
    – samh
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 18:24
  • Is there a way to leave this disabled and still lock the screen somehow? Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 18:25
  • @urbaindepuce I don't understand what do you want to achieve. The setting does what you asked. Why do you want it disabled?
    – Matteo
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 18:27
  • I think there are 3rd party apps that can do this. In one of the other questions Alfred is mentioned. YMMV
    – Arne
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 18:35
  • @Matteo I don't want that my screen is automatically locked when I am at home. When I am using the computer at work or school I want to be able to lock it when leaving it. When enabling that setting I always have to supply my password when leaving and returning to my computer at home. And I don't want to set it everytime when goint to work or school or returning home. Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 20:14

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