Lock Screen and Sleep Display with Quicksilver

Looking for a quick way to lock your screen and put the display to sleep on Mac OS X using Quicksilver?

  1. Download Sleep Display.
  2. Extract the zip file and move SleepDisplay to your Applications folder.
  3. Run the SleepDisplay application at least once.
  4. Fire up Script Editor and enter the following code:

    do shell script "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend"

    launch application "SleepDisplay"

  5. Save this script to a location cataloged by Quicksilver.
  6. Create a HotKey Trigger in Quicksilver to run the script. I use command-control-shift-S as my keystroke combination.

I’m running Mac OS 10.5.1 on an iMac and this works great!

8 Replies to “Lock Screen and Sleep Display with Quicksilver”

  1. It crashes my MacBook running 10.5.1. When I try to wake up, I got a login window, I log in, but then nothing. The login window disappears, and the “cosmos” picture of Leopard stays, using the whole screen. No menu bar, no desktop, no desktop picture, no nothing.

    Shortcuts works (I tried option-command-eject and the quicksilver trigger). And my cursor is visible and I can move it. But that’s it. I had to force shutdown…


  2. This doesn’t work for me. My iMac is to fast or something, because it runs SleepDisplay at the same time as the suspend action. The result is that it won’t go to sleep. You should use the following script instead.

    do shell script “/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend”

    delay 2

    launch application “SleepDisplay”

    Now there is a delay of 2 seconds between the suspend action and running SleepDisplay.

    It works like a charm for me


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