Locking the Screen on MAC OSX using Sleep
There are times when you want to blank or lock the screen on your MAC before you walk away. In Windows you can choose the Windows plus L key to lock the screen. However, in Mac OS X has never been able to find a similar key.
Today I accept he bumped the Control-Shift-Eject keys and realise that this enabled the power save of the screen.
Provided you have set the “Require password 1 minutes after sleep screensaver begins” then you will have locked the screen. Not perfect, but probably close enough since the lock will occur about 1 min of after sleep will occur. Since this require so little configuration, no macros, no Applescripts, or such things then it works pretty well.
Even if you don’t use the lock feature, just knowing that Control-Shift-Eject will sleep Mac OSX is worth knowing.
Lock the Screen
If you don’t want to use the keyboard you can run the open the Keychain Access in the Utilities Folder, Preferences, Show Status in Menu Bar
This will provide a Menu Bar option like so:
And you can immediately lock the screen from here.