How to Lock Screen in macOS

[UPDATE]

There is a keyboard shortcut to lock the screen in macOS, and it’s Control + Command + Q.Keyboard Shortcut to Lock Screen in macOS

[ORIGINAL POST]

One of my all-time favorite things with Windows is how easy it is to lock the screen. You simply press the Windows key and L. With that, your screen is instantly locked, keeping your secrets and browsing history safe from unwanted prying eyes when you are away. The key combo makes such perfect sense too – Windows Lock, lock Windows. However, what if you are on a Mac? How do you lock screen in macOS?

In macOS, even though you don’t have a handy keyboard shortcut, it’s rather easy all the same. You might even find it easier once you know how to do it.

How to set up Hot Corners to lock screen in macOS

Locking your screen in macOS is done by moving your cursor to a “Hot Corner” to activate the “Lock Screen” command assigned to it. Before you ask, a hot corner is just one of the four corners you have on the screen.

Here’s how to set up a hot corner to lock your screen when you move the cursor there.

    • First, go to System Preferences, Desktop & Screen Saver

Alternatively, you can type “hot corner” into Spotlight and hit Enter. That’ll get you to the “Desktop & Screen Saver” system preferences too

    • Then, click on the Screen Saver tab and click on Hot Corners in the bottom right corner
    • Finally, choose one of the four corners, select Lock Screen from the dropdown and click OK

A word of advice, you’ll want to select the corner that you interacted with the least. For me, I have the bottom left corner assigned to locking my screen

Now trying moving your cursor to the hot corner, your screen will be locked instantly. Easy, right?

How to set up Hot Corners in macOS to lock screen

What is your favorite macOS or Windows feature? Do you find today’s post helpful? Let us know in the comments!

How to Force Quit Menu Bar Apps in macOS

macOS Activity Monitor App Icon

In today’s post, we look at how to force quit Menu Bar apps in macOS.

First of all, to force quit an app that is not responding in macOS is usually just a few clicks. First, click the  icon and select Force Quit, then find the app in the Force Quit Applications window, and click on Force Quit. Simple and easy.

However, this is not quite so useful when the app lives in the Menu Bar and does not appear in the Force Quit Applications window.

For example, I was having problems with a VPN app. The app resides in the Menu Bar and is not active on the Dock. The problem was the app was unresponsive and I could not exit it. It also does not appear in the Force Quit Applications window.

If you’ve had similar issues, here’s how you can force quit Menu Bar apps using a built-in macOS app called Activity Monitor.

    1. Launch Activity Monitor using either the Launchpad or Spotlight
    2. Then look for the app in the list of active processes or type in the app’s name into the search field
    3. Once you’ve located the app that is causing problems, highlight it and click on the Stop button
    4. From there you can choose to either quit the app or force quit it

Force Quitting Menu Bar App Using macOS Activity Monitor

Have you often had to force quit Menu Bar apps? Let us know in the comments!

Interested in finding out what else you could do with the Activity Monitor app? Here’s the link to Apple’s user guide. 

Our Favorite macOS Spotlight Tricks

Spotlight

What is Spotlight?

In this post, we look at a few easy Spotlight tricks that will help boost efficiency when working with a Mac.

But first, let’s quickly go over what is Spotlight.

Spotlight is a system-wide search feature in Apple’s macOS and iOS operating systems. This feature allows you to quickly find documents, applications and system preferences, etc. You can even get conversions, calculations, and definitions using it.

Now onto our favorite Spotlight tricks!

Trick #1 – Launching Spotlight

While you could launch Spotlight by clicking the icon on the upper right corner of the menu bar, hunting for the tiny icon on the screen using a trackpad or a mouse can really slow things down.

Our first trick is launching Spotlight with a keyboard shortcut.

The default shortcut is Command + space, and with it, you can launch Spotlight instantly.

If for some reason you would like to use a different keyboard shortcut to summon Spotlight, here’s how you can change it.

Go to System Preference, Keyboard, Shortcuts and select Spotlight to the left. On the right, make sure “Show Spotlight search” is selected, and double-click the default “⌘Space” combo. Once it goes into edit mode, press any key combo you desire on the keyboard. After that, the new combo will be how you can instantly summon Spotlight.

Changing Spotlight Keyboard Shortcut

Trick #2 – Launching Apps

Looking to open an app quickly? You can use a trackpad or a mouse to open apps on the Dock or in Launchpad, but did you know if you could do it even faster with Spotlight? Especially if the app is tucked away somewhere and is not immediately visible on the Dock or in Launchpad.

Just open Spotlight and type in a few letters from the name of the app, press Enter and you have launched that app.

Trick #2 Launching App with Spotlight

Trick #3 – Searching Your Mac and Opening Files

Let’s face it, working with the file system is difficult. To have control over the file system, you have to remember where you saved all your stuff.

With Spotlight, you just need to remember the file name to find it, and it does not even have to be the exact name.

Type what you remember into Spotlight, and you’ll likely get what you were looking for.

Trick #3 Searching in Spotlight

Trick #4 – Conversion

Want to convert something from one unit to another? Spotlight can help.

Simply type in what you want to be converted and you’ll see how much Spotlight has read your mind.

Trick #4 Conversion with Spotlight

Trick #5 – Translation

Once in a while, we all see or hear a word we just have to look up.

While you could probably get a more interesting and sometimes more in-depth understanding of the word with Urban Dictionary, Spotlight can be very helpful too.

Trick #5 Translation in Spotlight

Trick #6 – Calculation

Have two numbers you want to add up but don’t want to grab your phone to do it? Well, worry not because you can do that with Spotlight too.

Trick #6 Calculation with Spotlight

Are you an avid Spotlight user as well? Do you have any favorite Spotlight tricks to share with us? Let us know in the comments!