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How to Lock Your MacBook Keyboard

In this blog post, we’ll discuss How to Lock Your MacBook Keyboard. So, let’s begin! 

How to Lock Your MacBook Keyboard

Locking your MacBook’s keyboard is a useful feature if you want to step away from your computer for a short period of time but want to keep your data secure. Fortunately, locking your MacBook’s keyboard is a quick and simple process that can be done in a couple of different ways.

Method 1: Using Hot Corners

You can also set up hot corners on your MacBook to lock the screen and keyboard. Hot corners allow you to activate a function by moving your mouse to a corner of the screen. Hot corners can be set up as follows:

  • Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on the “Security & Privacy” icon.
  • Click on the “General” tab.
  • Check the box next to “Require password [time] after sleep or screen saver begins”.
  • Click on the “Hot Corners” button.
  • Select a corner of your screen to assign a function.
  • Select “Start Screen Saver” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click “OK” to save your changes.

Method 2

If you need to temporarily disable your MacBook’s keyboard, there are a few different ways to do it depending on your needs. Here are some methods you can try:

  • Use Keyboard Maestro: Keyboard Maestro is a third-party app that allows you to automate tasks on your Mac. You can use it to create a macro that disables your keyboard when triggered by a specific keyboard shortcut. To do this, you’ll need to create a new macro and select “Disable Keyboard” as the action. Then assign the macro to a keyboard shortcut of your choice.
  • Use a third-party app: There are several third-party apps available on the Mac App Store that allow you to lock your keyboard. Some popular options include Keyboard Locker and Lock Me Now. Simply download and install the app, then use the app’s interface to lock your keyboard.
  • Use the Accessibility Keyboard: macOS includes an Accessibility Keyboard that allows you to control your Mac using an on-screen keyboard. You can use this keyboard to type, and it will not interfere with any external keyboards connected to your Mac. To access the Accessibility Keyboard, go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Keyboard > Accessibility Keyboard. Turn on the “Accessibility Keyboard” option, and then click on the keyboard icon in your menu bar to bring up the on-screen keyboard.
  • Use a physical keyboard lock: If you want to physically lock your MacBook’s keyboard, you can use a third-party keyboard lock like the Kensington Combination Laptop Lock. This lock attaches to your MacBook’s security slot and allows you to lock your keyboard in place. However, this method may not be practical if you need to use your MacBook’s built-in keyboard frequently.
  • Now, when you move your mouse to the assigned corner of your screen, your MacBook’s screen will immediately lock, and you will need to enter your password to unlock it again.


In conclusion, locking your MacBook’s keyboard is a simple process that can help keep your data secure when you need to step away from your computer. Whether you prefer to use a keyboard shortcut or hot corners, it’s important to remember to unlock your MacBook’s keyboard when you return to your computer to resume working.

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