How to Quickly Lock Your Screen in Mac OS X or access KeyChain

As I am new and trying to work with Mac OS X Lion sometimes I need to have same features as I have on Windows machine. One of the simple feature I need is to quickly lock my screen when I am walking away from my machine, so the screen is locked and require password before you can access the screen again. There 2 ways to accomplish this and here are both solutions.

Here are steps to enable this functionality:

  • Press F4
  • Click on System Preference icon
  • Click on Security And Privacy
  • And check in option => require password < immediately >
  • Click on the Lock and save your changes
  • Now you can press Control + Shift and Eject and screen will be locked on your machine

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Other option is to do this by adding Keychain icon to your  menu bar and do it manually but this option has also benefit of quick access to keychain

  • Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities
  • Click on Keychain Access icon
  • Check in option = Show keychain status in menu bar
  • now small Lock icon is added to menu bar and if you right click on the icon you will see few options – Lock screen, Access to keychain .. etc

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Both ways are easy to use so why not use it 🙂

 

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