BetterTouchTool and Mac OS X: Lock your Mac with a touchpad gesture / keyboard shortcut and more

One thing that seems to be missing from Mac OS X is the ability to lock and NOT logout of your account with a quick keyboard shortcut.  We can accomplish this with BetterTouchTool and also setup a touchpad gesture to do this too. (touchpad must support gestures to use gestures).

BetterTouchTool is a very useful utility to have for any Macbook owner.  This utility will let you customize all aspects of gestures on the touchpad from 2 finger to 5 finger.  This tool also lets you customize keyboard macros/shortcuts to do other tasks too.

1. Download BetterTouchTool from blog.boastr.net. Its a free utility and you can support the developer with a donation if you feel the app is worth it (it is!)

2. After installed, go into the apps Preferences from the Menu bar icon and then go to Gestures > Keyboard.

We can now add a new shortcut under the Global category on the left.  The main thing is that you will want to choose Show Loginscreen under the Predefined Actions.

In my example below, I setup using Control + Option + Apple + L key to Show Loginscreen under the Predefined Actions.  In Windows terms, Lock your computer if you have a password setup.

We can go even further and setup a Touchpad Gesture similar to our keyboard one.  In my example below, I use a 5 Finger Tap to again Show Loginscreen.  Be sure to not disable 5 Finger gestures or this will not work.

This app also lets you assign application specific gestures.  For example, I have setup gestures in Chrome so that I can do a 3 Finger Swipe up or down and it will change between tabs.  However, once I exit Chrome or switch to different app, the gesture mapping is no longer active. I also like to use  a 4 Finger Tap to bring up my Spaces window.  I have about 9 Spaces setup for various different tasks.

-Use the Global category for your gesture to be universal throughout all apps and the operating system.

 

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5 Responses to “BetterTouchTool and Mac OS X: Lock your Mac with a touchpad gesture / keyboard shortcut and more”

  1. December 05, 2010 at 3:41 pm, farouk said:

    Great app, Thanks!

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  2. December 07, 2010 at 1:24 am, Allen Teo said:

    good apps need to share

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  3. December 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm, cmartin said:

    What about app-specific keyboard shortcuts? I can’t find a way to do it!
    Any ideas?

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  4. September 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm, anonymous said:

    Love this app, but you can log out w/ shift-opt-cmd-q

    (look in apple menu; hold option key)

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  5. September 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm, anonymous said:

    @cmartin: click plus, choose app.

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