In Snow Leopard, at least, I could press Cmd + L to select my name and then press Enter to get the password prompt, but I can't get that to work in Mountain Lion when I've left the computer locked for an extended amount of time.

How do I unlock my Mac without having to click my name when I've locked it?

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Just by typing the first letters of the user's name should select that user. Afterwards, as you say, pressing Enter will prompt for the password.

  • Yup, I've been doing that for years!
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:29

Also you can use the Arrow Keys or to select the user name you want and then press Enter to get the password prompt.

  • Thanks, that works well too! Sometimes it's not a good thing to be an advanced user - the simple things aren't as obvious when you're used to something more complicated...=)
    – Lizzan
    Aug 14, 2012 at 11:56

Actually, Cmd + L still works too, but my problem seems to be that the keyboard is unresponsive after locking if the screensaver kicks in. For now, I'll up the time for the screensaver to kick in as per How can I set the Mac OS X screensaver when not logged in? and hope that Apple fixes this in a future update.

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