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10.3: Another means of fast screen locking Desktop
Here's a bit of an improvement on Panther screen locking. A previous hint suggested using the Fast User Switching (FUS) menuling to bring up the login window. This is a good method, arguably better than using the screensaver in many respects. But there are some people who don't want a giant chunk of menu bar real estate taken up by our names.

So, given that the FUS menu is just a regular menuling (for the most part), you can just drag it out of the menu bar, and it'll go away. Just be sure to do this while you're not in the Accounts preference pane, or it keeps coming back. After getting rid of the menu, download FUSKey and set a global key combination for bringing up the login window. Be aware that not all key combinations will work properly. Stuff involving Command-Option will likely not work, since that's tied to the Force Quit menu and the system won't respond to it. I've gotten it to work consistently using Command - Control - Delete, by which I mean the long Delete key, not the Forward Delete used in Windows' three-fingered salute. I haven't experienced any problems with my machine as a result of using FUSKey yet. This would seem to be a pretty solid screen-locking method.
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10.3: Another means of fast screen locking
Authored by: fragerybou on Nov 14, '03 11:38:14AM

I didn't want to have the issue of having the menu for FUS coming back all the time, when you reboot/look in the accounts pane. So I disabled FUS from the account pane. FUSKey still seems to work, taking you right to the login screen without an issue. (No it doesn't fully log you out, either. It's the same results, just no menu).



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10.3: Another means of fast screen locking
Authored by: fustercluck on Nov 14, '03 01:08:27PM
Instead of FUSKey you could also use FUSe.

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10.3: Another means of fast screen locking
Authored by: guybrush on Nov 15, '03 12:59:04PM

thanks for mentioning this tool, using right now! :)



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10.3: Another means of fast screen locking
Authored by: segdeha on Nov 20, '03 01:36:30PM

Has anyone found a way to make FUS display the short account name (or better yet, the icon associated with the account) rather than the full name in the menu bar? This would save some space, but still allow you the convenience of the menuling.



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10.3: Another means of fast screen locking
Authored by: 2peak on Jul 30, '04 06:05:42AM

yep, the application winswitch will let you change it into the users icon, the icon of the user, short name or long name and will also allow you to add the root user in the list of users.

pretty handy.



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