External monitor and MBA (need help with a special feature)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Knisse, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. Knisse macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2012
    Hallo everyone,

    I own an 2013 macbook and i have bought an AOC monitor, everything works flawlessly, but there is one feature that i need your help to find.

    Basically i need an option to turn only my monitor dark (sleep function), just like the sleep feature you can add to your corners in mission control to your mac computer, but only for the external monitor (besides turning the entire external screen on and off constantly, which i am afraid would damage it in the long run)

    If anyone need a reason, i am writing an assignment, and i need to read while i work, and sometimes i just need to write on my MBA and having two screens working at all time sometimes gives me headaches.

    Thank you
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    There may be a software solution that can do this, but I don't know of it.

    Sometimes, the best way to "dim" the external display is just to reach over and hit the "off" switch...
  3. Knisse thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2012
    @Fishrrman there is software to adjust the brightness, but i have not seen for completely turning it off with a quick move. The 'off' switch is a possibility, but not sure if it damages the screen in the long run.
  4. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2014
    I would suggest just turning it off when you don't need it, I know it's an extra step every time, but it can be beneficial in the long run. Having the screen stay black with the backlight on constantly will do more damage than turning on and off.
  5. Knisse thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2012
    Valid point, thanks.

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