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How to Lock Your MacBook Keys for Cleaning

How to Lock Your MacBook Keys for Cleaning

Laptops pick up dust, grease, and grime since they’re constantly in contact with your hands. But due to the way modern MacBooks are designed, cleaning them isn’t a simple case of turning the machine off.

What’s the Problem?

Once upon a time, you could turn your MacBook off by clicking Apple > Shut Down and clean your keyboard without waking the machine up. Those days are gone, with any keystroke on a modern MacBook causing the machine to boot up. You can’t even open the lid without waking a Mac up anymore!

That makes it hard to give your MacBook a good clean, which is something you’ll probably want to do often to prevent oil and grime from building up. So what’s the solution?

Use the Lock Screen to Disable Most Keys

If you click on Apple > Lock Screen you’ll be taken to what looks like the login window, where you’ll need to input your account password or use the Touch ID button to unlock. Unlocking your Watch using your Apple Watch won’t be immediately available unless the laptop sleeps and wakes up again.

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Lock your Mac for cleaning

This gives you a golden opportunity to grab your Apple-branded cleaning cloth (or an alternative polishing cloth) and give your keyboard a good clean. As long as you don’t graze the Touch ID button with your fingertip or accidentally type your password, you’ll stay on this screen without composing gibberish emails to your boss or loved ones.

This won’t disable the media keys at the top of the keyboard, so you’ll still be able to turn the brightness up and down or mute the volume. Keep this in mind if it seems like your screen is off after cleaning since you’ve probably just turned the brightness down.

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Using the lock screen is the best way to clean your trackpad too since there’s nothing to accidentally…

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