I want the ability to lock my Macbook at my command. I don't want a screensaver or sleep lock. Don't you get tired of repeatedly typing in your password in all day? I don't want to wait for my computer to lock itself in 10 minutes or 1 minute when the screensaver or sleep begins. I don't want to save and close all my apps and documents and logout.

So just let me lock my computer, simple request. Hit a hotkey? Close the lid?

I walk out my door, I lock my door. I get out of my car, I lock my car. Why can't I just lock my computer?

I've been told you can't reconfigure this type of setting in OS X, is this true?


On a Macbook, pressing ctrl+shift+Eject will lock the screen instantly. These keyboard shortcuts are configurable from System Preferences.

  • Control-shift-power just powers off the screen on my MacBook Pro - so you'll need additional settings like a password lock screen that requires a password immediately for this to be a good instant lock. – bmike Feb 26 '13 at 23:43
  • thanks, but so far these solutions are dependent on screensaver/sleep locks, which I don't care for. I want to circumvent the incessant entering of my password for every 5 minutes I'm away. Just want to lock and unlock on my own terms. – user43855 Feb 27 '13 at 0:46
  • How about disabling the screen saver lock, and setting your security preferences to require an unlock when the system comes out of sleep? – fluffy Feb 27 '13 at 21:29