Put Your Mac Or Monitor To Sleep With A Keyboard Command

Mac: If you’re finished working with your Mac for the day and want a quick way to turn off the monitors or put your system to sleep, you don’t need to use a hot corner or special app to do it, just a keyboard shortcut.Photo by Declan Jewell.

Press Ctrl+Shift+Eject to put your Mac’s displays to sleep immediately, with no warnings or delay. If you’re really finished working and want to put your entire Mac to sleep, press Opt+Cmd+Eject to instantly put your Mac to sleep.

While the Mac has no consistently effective keyboard command to lock the screen, you can set it to require a password to wake up from sleep (System Preferences > Security) and combine it with the instant-sleep shortcut to get the same effect.

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