The Fastest Way to Lock your Screen on Your Non-Touch Bar Mac

Tyler Tyler (291)
1 minute

The obvious way to lock your computer is to log out, but logging in and out is excessive and time consuming.

The easiest way protect your work is to lock your screen with a password whenever the screen saver starts. Then configure a shortcut to start the screen saver. This guide will walk you through this process step by step.

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Configure your Mac to require a password when the screen saver begins

Open System Preferences > Security & Privacy.

Make sure "Require password" is checked and the dropdown says "immediately".

Ctrl + Shift + Eject is the keyboard shortcut to lock the screen. This will require a password whenever the screen is unlocked.

Apple hid the battery percentage option starting with Big Sur. Here's where it is.
Zach Zach (236)
5 minutes

I always keep an eye on my MacBook's battery percentage—especially since, as a developer, I run a lot of resource-intensive applications.