OSX: Lock Screen Shortcuts

I'm not a fan of the hot corner method of locking screen so here are 2 other ways to achieve screen lockage on MacOS / OSX:

Keychain Access: Toolbar Icon So You Can Click To Lock Screen

  • CMD-space: Launch "Keychain Access"
  • -> Preferences
  • CHECK: "Show keychain status in menu bar"

Then you can lock screen by clicking the padlock on the Menu Bar and selecting "Lock Screen":

 

Automator and Keyboard Shortcut

Automator Service: Lock Screen via Applescript

First we have to bind an applescript to a service that starts the screensaver:

  • CMD-space: Launch "Automator"
  • File->New
  • Service

 

  • Change "Service recieves" dropdown to "no input"
  • use search bar to search for "run applescript"

 

  • Doubleclick "Run Applescript" to add it to the service.
 Doubleclick "Run Applescript" to add it to the service.

Doubleclick "Run Applescript" to add it to the service.

 

  • Copy/Paste this code into the Applescript box replacing any existing text:
  • Save as: "Lock Screen"

 

Keyboard Shortcut

Next we bind a key to the new service.

  • CMD-space: Launch "keyboard" (or System Preferences -> Keyboard)
  • Shortcuts (top bar) -> Services (left pane) -> Lock Screen (right pane - scroll to find it)
 keyboard: navigating through to "Lock Screen" service.

keyboard: navigating through to "Lock Screen" service.

  • Add Shortcut (I added CTRL-CMD-K in this example)
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