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how to lock computer in OSX?


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in xp, i can lock the system (needs a password to log back in) when i am AFK. how do i do the same in OSX?
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Go to System Preferences -> Security

Set it to require password when ever you return from a screen saver and sleep

Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System
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thanks. how do i trigger it? i don't want to put the system sleep or wait till the screen saver kicks in. in XP, i can just C-A-D and click on the Lock Computer button w/o having to put it into sleep/green mode.
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Probably an easier solution is this

Go to System Preferences -> Accounts

Click Login Options at the bottom of the username list.

Turn off Automatically Log in, Hide the Sleep, Restart and Shut Down Buttons, and Enable Fast User Switching

This will put your username at the top right of the screen next to the time. Click your name and go to the login window. This will lock your computer and have all of your programs still running for when you want to log back in

Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System
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yep, that's exactly what i'm looking for. <buys a cold one for you>
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thanks. how do i trigger it? i don't want to put the system sleep or wait till the screen saver kicks in. in XP, i can just C-A-D and click on the Lock Computer button w/o having to put it into sleep/green mode.
top tip: when ur using windows, press the windows key and "L" and that will lock ur comp too. :teen:
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Install Quicksilver : you can then use the "LockScreen" command...

How many times will I have to say that Quicksilver is a MUST HAVE application...
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