Lock the Mac OS X Desktop via Menu Bar
We showed you how to lock your Mac screen with a keystroke, but you can also access the same desktop lock through a little known Mac OS X menubar item.
Let’s enable this hidden feature:
- Launch “Keychain Access” located in /Applications/Utilities/
- From the ‘Keychain Access’ menu, open Preferences
- Select the checkbox next to “Show Status in Menu Bar”
Now that the lock menubar item is enabled, you’ll find a little lock icon in your menu bar. Once the menu item is enabled, just click on the lock icon and drag down to “Lock Screen” to immediately lock your Mac OS X desktop.
To regain access to the Mac, you’ll need to enter your login credentials.
This is a nice hidden feature of Mac OS X and I’m not sure why it’s buried in the Keychain utility rather than a system preference. If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper you can find other uses for Keychain including finding a forgotten wireless password and discovering web login credentials.