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Show Keychain Status In Menubar



I like having the keychain icon in the status bar because it allows me to quickly lock the screen or the keychain itself:


It’s very simple to enable this:

  1. Press the Spotlight Search button at the top right corner of the screen (or use ⌘ + Space).
  2. Search Keychain Access.
  3. In Keychain Access, open Preferences (⌘ + ,).
  4. Check Show Status in Menu Bar option.


Having that Lock Screen menu item available, we can use an AppleScript to quickly lock the screen:

$ cat lock.applescript
tell application "System Events" to tell process "SystemUIServer"
    tell (menu bar item 1 of menu bar 1 where description is "Keychain menu extra")
        click menu item "Lock Screen" of menu 1
    end tell
end tell

$ osascript lock.applescript

It’s also possibe to assign a key combination to the execution of the script, which will be the subject of the next tip!