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With my laptop going to sleep when unused for just a few minutes, it is necessary to type in my password each time.

A shortcut key would be wonderful, is this possible somehow?

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A shortcut key would make the password useless, so you could as well disable the password prompt then? – JanC Aug 23 '10 at 22:00
I have to agree with Jan. What is the point of a password if you're gonna keep it in the clipboard the whole time anyway? Have the computer not ask for a password when it goes to sleep. – Marcin Aug 24 '10 at 1:05

You could do it with AutoKey, but in general, this is not a good idea.

If you're using a GNOME based distro, such as Ubuntu, if I recall correctly, you can go into the Screensaver settings (System > Preferences > Screensaver (?), and uncheck "Lock screen when screensaver is active" and you won't need to use your password when you "Wake up" your computer.

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