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To quickly lock a screen on Mac OS X, add a lock screen icon to the menu bar.

Lock screen icon in menu bar of Mac OS X

Lock screen icon in menu bar of Mac OS X

  • Access the KeyChain Access utility. Using Spotlight seems to be the quickest way with the term “KeyChain”.
  • From the menu, access KeyChain Access -> Preferences. (or ⌘,)
  • Activate Show Status in Menu Bar

And we have a quick icon to lock the screen as and when we need to leave the screen unattended for a moment.