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Lock Me is a simple status bar application that allows you to lock your screen.

I wrote this app to get familiar with Xcode 4, since the handling is quite different to Xcode 3. Anyway, it is a simple app and can do only one thing: lock your screen. :-)

There are 3 global shortcut options:

  • ??L
  • ???L
  • ???L

As a gimmick, you can choose the color of the icon which is shown in the status bar...

...but even better than that - it's FREE!

What's New

Version 1.4:
  • Added menu to select from 3 different shortcut modifiers


  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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Ssj152 Member IconReview+5

Simple app that apparently uses "fast user switching" to put you back to the login screen, as If you clicked on your user name and chose "Login Window".

When you click on the icon in the task bar you are presented with "Lock Me", "Icon", "Start At Login", "About", and "Quit". They do the obvious functions.

The only con I see is that it is a 64 Bit app and takes 8.0M of memory; a 32 Bit may require significantly less.

It is easy to use, it works, and I like it!

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Version 1.3

I may be dense, but what does this app do that simply setting up your security to lock when your screen saver kicks in and setting your screen saver to activate when you move the mouse to the activation corner. I've doing this for years. When I need to step away from my machine, I simply slide the mouse to the corner. No need to even click!


Nestorph, you may be dense, but not because of this. It works exactly as you said in your reply. I have used the screensaver lock many times.

Not everyone keeps the screensaver lock on all of the time. I don't like it myself for most daily use. I generally only turn it on when there are visitors over, especially with children. As you can guess, this iMac is a home machine. Most of the time I'm alone, but sometimes my college-age daughter is here and some of her friends with her. Some of them simply can't resist "helping" with an available computer - mine is in our dining room.

Does this help you see a use for this - free - program?


Thanks for the reply and explanation! I didn't mean to denigrate your work--just wanted to be clear on it's functionality. And as you point out, it can't beat on the price!


Nestorph, I hope I haven't given you the impression that I'm the developer; well, I am, but not of this :)


Not knocking the developer's work here, but can't the same thing be accomplished from Keychain Access - Preferences - General tab - "Show keychain status in menu bar" and selecting "Lock Screen" from the resulting menu extra?

Of course, you don't get the convenience of a keyboard shortcut...


Cybergoober, Please see nestorph's reply and my reply to him.

I'm sure that clever people can find multiple ways to do most anything; that is part of what makes using an OS so difficult is that there many ways of doing something, quite a few users find them obscure.

It is often difficult to choose one way and settle on it because someone else will pipe up with their favorite way to do that thing, further confusing - or perhaps clarifying the issue. In any event the noise level can become significant.

The usefulness of this app is its simplicity.
As is frequently said "your mileage may vary".

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Version 1.4
> 5 2


Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 1,185
Version Downloads 930
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 01 Jan 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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