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  1. cashxx
    February 7, 2018

    You are welcome! One of mine!

  2. Young Jessie M.
    February 7, 2018

    What is the difference Lock Screen and Sleep?


    • Paul
      February 7, 2018

      Locking the screen just locks the computer screen, requiring a password before it can be accessed or used again. But when locked it keeps the Mac awake with all apps running, internet connectivity enabled for things like mail checking or websites reloading, etc. It uses the normal level of power, the Mac is left powered on as usual, and a quick unlock gets you right back to your computing activities.

      Sleeping puts the Mac into a hibernation state where everything is temporarily suspended, and the computer uses less power. All active apps and contents in memory are temporarily placed into a Sleep Image file on the hard drive. This is helpful if you don’t want to shut down a computer, but you want to suspend everything while you travel with a laptop, or go to sleep over night (much like the name) in a lower power suspended state. Waking from sleep still requires a password, but it’s much slower to wake up and resume activity from sleep compared to simply using the lock screen.

      Hope that helps!

  3. avenged110
    February 7, 2018

    Definitely want to second enabling FileVault if you’re going to bother using any form of lock. I always enjoy resetting my friends’ passwords when they don’t use FV just because it’s so easy.

    • Paul
      February 7, 2018

      Agreed, enabling Filevault should be standard on all Macs – at least if they have an SSD for speed reasons. Keeps your data secured in the event of theft, and makes getting into a Mac via an unauthorized method much more difficult.

  4. NickO
    February 7, 2018

    Why not a hot corner setting for a password-required screensaver?

    • Paul
      February 7, 2018

      You can still set a hot corner for a screen saver if you’d like to in macOS 10.13+ or later, that method of locking a Mac screen works on all Mac OS X versions which is a significant benefit to it as discussed here:


    • no way
      February 8, 2018

      Why not, it’s a simple one step process to lock using a hot corner vs this new dumbed down more work way. Again, I have to question who at Apple makes these idiotic decisions to put this kind of crap in the newer OSX versions. I love my mouse to the hot corner and the screen and computer are locked, end of story. No go to a menu drop down and click anything.

      It’s just idiotic to make such simple process’ so much more complicated and think this is better.

  5. Samuel Sousa
    February 8, 2018

    Did you say that it is possible to change the shortcut to activate Screen Lock?
    I searched in various places in the settings and did not find it.
    Could you guide me?
    Thank you.

  6. Mark
    February 8, 2018

    Much as I appreciate the ⌘Q shortcut, I find myself accidentally quitting an application all too often. So I decided to re-assign the command to something else. Lock Screen or Sleep are two useful possibilities:

    1. System Preferences
    2. Keyboard/App Shortcuts
    3. All Applications
    4. Add a new shortcut by pressing the ⊞ button
    5. Add the Text exactly: Lock Screen (or Sleep in my case)
    6. Add the command text: ⌘Q

    And Robert’s your mother’s brother. I may take a few minutes for the new shortcut to become available.

  7. Liam
    February 8, 2018

    I have always used the Keychain.app’s menu bar preference. Simple, straightforward and works on any macOS.

    • Katbel
      February 8, 2018

      Is there any difference between locking the screen in Sierra from the Keychain.app’s menu bar preference
      and the HighSierra lock screen? I don’t have HighSierra but I use the tip Liam suggested

    • Neil
      February 8, 2018

      @Liam, the padlock in the menu bar disappeared with macOS High Sierra…

  8. Arob
    February 8, 2018

    I created a service using Automator (Utilities > Start Screen Saver), saved it in /Users/[name]/Library/Services, assigned a keyboard shortcut (CNTRL+OPT+CMD+S) in Keyboard preferences. I also set the Password Required to 5 Seconds after screen saver begins.

    So, when I walk away, pressing the 4 keys immediately starts my screensaver and 5 seconds later requires password (or Apple Watch) to unlock.

    With the Finder Lock Screen option, you apparently cannot unlock with Apple Watch.

  9. no way
    February 8, 2018

    More stupid downgraded functions that some idiot at Apple who should probably be flipping burgers supervised thinks is better, despite it being MORE GESTURES than just setting a hot corner to lock the computer.

    Lets review:

    New method:
    1 move curser.
    2 click drop down menu.
    3 Click lock command.

    Old method:
    1 Move mouse to hot corner.

    Who the hell would chose to do more work to do the exact same thing!!!! Not to mention if you forget to lock the screen, you can set an idle time that will do it for you!!

    • codes
      February 10, 2018

      You can still program what you want by automating a script in Better Touch Tool or another similar automation suite (I’d do this with gestures, drawing a gylph, or keyboard shortcuts); I personally don’t use hot corners because I’ve inadvertently invoked their behavior in the past when I didn’t intend to. Just out of curiosity what kind of computer are you using (desktop/laptop)?

  10. Jon
    February 8, 2018

    You can also use the third party apps like MenuLock (free) to lock the Mac screen fast


  11. Janus
    February 8, 2018

    One thing that remains unanswered is if this new lock screen will actually keep the Mac awake indefinitely. As far as I know, my Mac goes to sleep after a while when the screensaver is enabled using hot corners (at least the screen turns off after a while) – even with Caffeine app activated. That part is really annoying if you want to lock the Mac, but keep it running (e.g. if you’re downloading something or if you just want to remain online in some desktop app). Is there any way I can keep my Mac on while locked and also avoid the screen from turning off?

    • no way
      February 9, 2018

      If you set sleep to never, then using screensaver lock ensures it never goes to sleep, keeping it available for remote access.

      Using screensaver lock is far easier and less steps than this idiotic function.

  12. Dan Pratt
    February 15, 2018

    If you use Alfred this is already a built in command.

  13. no sleep
    February 19, 2018

    I’m using macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and the automatic sleep function (“Schedule…” in the Energy Saver Preference Pane) fails when the computer is in Lock Screen. When the screen is unlocked by entering a password, the 10 min. countdown window is already open and only then starts counting down.

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