I must be missing something as Google turned up nothing on this and I can't be the only one annoyed by this:

I have a MacBook Pro running Sierra 10.12.6. I have iTunes on playing music all day for my work day, and frequently do work on a 2nd different computer. After 15 minutes, my Mac automatically locks and starts the screensaver. I mainly use the spacebar (on an external bluetooth keyboard) for Play/Pause in iTunes.

The issue is that once the Mac is locked, the spacebar no longer pauses iTunes. So I have to unlock the Mac just to pause music.

Is there any way around this?

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You can use the Play/Pause key (F8) on the keyboard to start/stop the playback. You can also play the previous track (F7) and the next track (F9), as well as adjust the Volume: mute (F10) decrease (F11) and increase (F12).

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