Mac book + External Monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by eastmatt, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. eastmatt macrumors newbie


    Jul 20, 2009
    Hello this is my first post here so bear with me...

    I also looked about for this but couldn't find anything.

    Im currently using a 13" mac book (Which i love) But the monitor is sooo small for using programs like logic and reason ect at the same time. I need to use an external monitor for this. I know you can get an adapter for this but do you have to duel screen your laptop with the screen. OR (This is my question) Can you keep your macbook closed maybe on a shelf somewhere and still use your macbook with a keyboard/mouse and the external monitor? as i know that if you close your macbook it puts everything "to sleep". Im not to good at explaining things i apologise.

    If anyone knows/understands your help would be very appreciated.

    :apple: Eastmatt
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Yes you can keep your MB's lid closed and have the external monitor be your primary and only monitor.
    It's called "clamshell mode" and can be use when a USB device is connected to the MB, like a mouse or a keyboard.
  3. eastmatt thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 20, 2009
  4. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Additionally, you can use clamshell mode if you use a remote (Apple's remote works for this) to control the MB. Works great as a media server. Useful for those times when you're done working with logic and reason and want some mindless entertainment. ;)


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