How to turn off a Mac screen but not send it to sleep?

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  1. Sakurambo-kun macrumors 6502

    Sakurambo-kun

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    I have a new 5K iMac and I'm struggling to find a way to turn off the screen but not sleep the PC. I'm using Option-Command-Eject to turn the screen off, but if I have for example, some things downloading when I do that, then when I press a key to turn the screen back on the download bar won't have moved.

    I've set Prevent Computer from Sleeping when display is off to ON, but the problem persists.

    Is there any way to fix this?

    Thanks all.
     
  2. hallux macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    Open System Preferences, go to the Desktop and Screensaver section, select screensaver "tab". On there, click the Hot Corners button and choose a dropdown, select Put Display to Sleep from that dropdown. Now, when you move your cursor to that corner of the screen (move it there and "off" the screen) it will sleep your display but not the computer.

    This says Yosemite but it applies to El Capitan also.

    OS X Yosemite: Use hot corners to start your screen saver
     
  3. Sakurambo-kun thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sakurambo-kun

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    I tried that and the computer still went to sleep.

    Most frustrating.

    Thanks anyway though.
     
  4. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

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    If you dim the display all the way it should do what you want. There is a setting in Energy that you need to check too if I'm not mistake
     
  5. Sakurambo-kun thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sakurambo-kun

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    I found a way to do it. Hitting SHIFT-OPTION-EJECT turns the screen off but doesn't sleep the computer.
     
  6. satcomer macrumors 603

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    You should bookmark the Apple Support page Mac Keyboard Shortcuts!
     
  7. hallux macrumors 68020

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