Mac OS X Quick Lock Screen

Want to be able to lock your computer with a keyboard shortcut?

Since OS 8 you can put the screens to sleep using Control + Shift + Eject (⌃ + ⇧ + ⏏).

Here is how you can lock your computer from a keyboard shortcut

  1. Open up your system preferences and go to Security & Privacy.

  1. Check box to require password after sleep and select desired timeout.

I have mine set to require a password after 5 seconds so if my screens go to sleep while I am right there I have time to wake it up again before requiring a password.

  1. Use keyboard shortcut to put monitors to sleep.

⌃ + ⇧ + ⏏