Default to sleep

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  1. GtrDude macrumors regular

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    I have a 13" Macbook air with the latest os.

    Just wondering if, when holding down the off button, it's possible to make it default to "Sleep" not "Shut Down"?

    Also is there a keyboard shortcut to put the computer in 'sleep'?

    Thanks
     
  2. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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  3. GtrDude thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hahahaha that's funny.....I mean it, it is......and an excellent solution.

    Sometimes though I would like to leave the lid open.

    But I'll just start closing it if there's no 'sleep' shortcut.

    Thanks........hahaha.....I'm still laughing.....
     
  4. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    Glad to help XD

    Erm, there is one method you can try.
    1. Set the Mac to sleep after a specified time.
    2. Press the dim brightness button until the screen shuts off.

    Eventually, your mac will fall asleep, but you won't be leaving your screen on needlessly until then. :p
     
  5. kage207 macrumors 6502a

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    What's wrong with closing your lid? It is smarter to do as it protects your screen and keeps dust off of it.

    What's the difference between keeping your lid open and closing it? Honestly, it takes one finger to open the lid.
     
  6. GtrDude thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nothing wrong with it.

    Who said there's something wrong with it?

    It's mighty fine.
     
  7. motrek macrumors 68020

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    With my MBA, when I hold the power button down for 1-2 seconds, it goes to sleep (like you are requesting). It doesn't turn off. I'm surprised yours turns off because I don't think I changed anything about my settings to make it sleep instead of turn off.

    Otherwise you can always go to the Apple menu and choose Sleep.
     
  8. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Not that am comparing the Air to Windoze, BUT my old Windows laptop had keyboard controls for sleep and screen-off. Sometimes we just like to walk away for a phone call blah-blah and will be coming back to work on the thing and don't want to wear out the hinges OK? Why can't the Air do that, just asking.
     
  9. ABC5S Suspended

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    I touch Sleep under the apple icon with screen open

    Screen/system goes to sleep with screen open

    Return to computer and touch any key and system wakes up

    Isn't this the same as pressing down on the darn Shutdown button with the screen in the open position
     

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  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    By default a tap of the power button should sleep it, then holding the power button will shutdown. See this.

    So if I understand you, you want to change the "hold" button behavior to sleep? Is just tapping the button not sleeping like you want?

    Or command-option-power button will also sleep.
     
  11. ABC5S Suspended

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    Just tried this and it did not work. Tapped it a few times and no workie for me.
     
  12. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    It's longer than a tap. Hold it for just a longer than a tap; it's made this way to prevent you from accidentally hitting the power button.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Are you on Mavericks? Like joshlalonde said, it used to be about instant and was causing accidental sleep so as I recall one of the OS updates extended the time a bit. Try holding just a bit longer, but not long enough to power down.
     
  14. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    What I do is I set bottom right corner to turn display off
    so when I leave my MBP I throw the mouse to the bottom right and display goes to sleep.
     

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