HOW TO LOCK A MACBOOK USING DIFFERENT METHODS

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Leaving your computer unlocked is a lot like leaving your car running with the doors unlocked. Anyone could sit at your computer and gain access to your private information. This is why you should considering locking your MacBook with macOS to keep its contents safe. Any time that you are away from your computer, here’s how to employ your MacBook password to lock the machine’s contents.

  1. It would be better if you set up a password when turning the machine on:
  2. Go to the upper-left corner of your screen and click on the Apple icon.
  3. Click on the System Preferences option.
  4. Select Users & Groups.
  5. Click on Login Options button.
  6. Click the lock in the lower-left corner to modify changes if your screen is grayed out.
  7. Enter your password.
  8. Select the Unlock button.
  9. Locate the Automatic login drop-down.
  10. Check if it is set to off.

Automatic login is now disabled on your macOS.

METHODS TO LOCK YOUR MACBOOK FAST

There are a few different ways to lock your Mac’s screen manually. Check out these different methods for locking your MacBook and select the option that is most seamless for you.

VIA KEYBOARD SHORTCUT

You can lock your MacBook effectively with two simple key commands:

  1. Use Control-Shift-Power to lock your MacBook which will turn off your display. Use Command-Option-Power to put your MacBook to sleep as it conserves more energy by putting the CPU into low-power mode, spinning down the hard drive and stopping background tasks.
  2. In case of older MacBooks with an optical drive, use Control-Shift-Eject or use Command-Option-Eject to sleep.
  3. Key command: Control + Command + Q
  4. VIA APPLE ICON
  5. Select the Apple icon from the upper-left corner of your screen.
  6. Click on the Lock Screen option.
VIA A HOTCORNER

Hot corners are an ability within macOS that allows you to perform a specific action, such as locking your machine, when your mouse is moved into one of the four corners of your monitor.

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Select Desktop & Screensaver
  3. Click the Hot Corners button to assign an action when you move your cursor to one of the four corners of your screen.
  4. Choose either Put Display to Sleep or Start Screen Saver for one of the corners.
  5. Click OK to complete the action.
VIA KEYCHAIN ACCESS

Here you can add an icon to your menu bar to lock your MacBook.

  1. Go to your Applications folder.
  2. Open Utility folder.
  3. Select Keychain Access.
  4. Go to Keychain Access > Preferences.
  5. Check the box for Show keychain status in the menu bar. This adds a lock icon to the menu bar.
  6. Click the lock.
  7. Choose Lock Screen to lock your Mac.
VIA TOUCHBAR

On MacBook Pro computers with the touch bar, you can customize your touch bar for the lock functionality.

  1. Select the Apple icon from the upper-left corner of your screen.
  2. Go to System Preferences.
  3. Select the Keyboard.
  4. Click on the Customize Touch Bar.
  5. Drag the Screen Lock button down to your touch bar.
  6. Click on the Done button.

Now the window closes and the task is completed.

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