2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2011 6:37 AM by John Galt
NaveDaye Level 1 (0 points)



I've got a MacBook Air with OSX Lion.


How do I lock the screen in OSX Lion with a simple key shortcut?


In Windows 7 you simply press the "Windows" button and "L"


How does it work in OSX Lion? I hope it is as simple as in Windows 7 - however until now I cannot figure it out.




MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Simply Lock The Screen
  • SP Forsythe Level 5 (5,380 points)

    Not a keyboard shortcut, but a mouse one from another post.


    Launch “Keychain Access” located in /Applications/Utilities/

    From the ‘Keychain Access’ menu, open Preferences

    Select the checkbox next to “Show Status in Menu Bar”


    Now that the lock menubar item is enabled, you’ll find a little lock icon in your menu bar. Once the menu item is enabled, just click on the lock icon and select “Lock Screen” to immediately lock your Mac OS X desktop.


    Now a keyboard method.


    If you have your security preferences set to require a password after sleep or screen saver begins (System Preferences > Security) then you can use the power button, then type "s" to turn sleep the system. It won't start the screen saver, but the display will go dark and you will need to enter your password to wake it up. I've found it takes a short time though to actually enter a password required sleep. If you wake right away, then no password is needed.

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,968 points)

    To add to the above, you can use "Hot Corners" to initiate the Screen Saver. I have mine set to start Screen Saver when moving the cursor to the lower left:


    Screen Shot 2011-11-08 at 9.32.46 AM.png

    A quick swipe down and left, and the screen is locked. Even quicker than Windows.