Command/Shortcut to Lock Screen with “away message prompt” in Linux Mint 17 / Cinnamon

If you want to have a shortcut with for locking the screen, but with prompt for lock message, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Settings -> Keyboard, then click on Keyboard shortcuts tab

  2. Click on Add custom shortcut button, and enter the following command:

    Screenshot from 2014-06-24 12:41:27

  3. Click Add and then assign it a shortcut.
    For example, the default lock screen shortcut is Ctrl+Alt+L. For the one with prompt, you can assign Ctrl+L.
  4. You’re done.
    When you want to lock your screen with a custom “away” message, just press the shortcut you assigned (Ctrl + L)

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