This post is part of the Mac Quick Tips Series.
This quick tip is all about your screen saver in Mac OSX. Commonly in an office environment, users want to be able to quickly enable the screen saver when they are leaving their desk and then for the computer to request a password to let you back into the computer.
All this can be done quickly with OSX, just follow these simple steps.
Firstly, go into the System Preferences and select the option for Screen Saver until you arrive at the screen shot above. Down the bottom of this screen you will see an option Hot Corners, click this.
What you are able to do is select which corner of the screen is going to be used to turn your screen saver on. In the screen shot above you can see that I have selected the bottom right corner of the screen to be my Hot Corner.
There’s one more thing to do before you test this.
Back to the main section of System Preferences you will see the Security section. In here under the General tab you will see the option that is required to get you Mac to request a password once the screen saver is activated, ensure that this is turned on.
Once you have done this you can close System Preferences and test it. If you move your mouse to the Hot Corner that you chose and hold it there for a second you should see the screen saver come on. Then if you move your mouse or press a key, you should be prompted for your password.