Put display to sleep with a keystroke?

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  1. Magritte macrumors member

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    Is this possible? If there's a keybinding of some kind I haven't been able to figure it out. And if you do know how, please do me a favor and walk me through it like I'm an idiot. Thank you!
     
  2. Jay42 macrumors 65816

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    Just hold the screen dimming button (next to escape) ;)
     
  3. shortelvis macrumors member

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    System sleep

    Apple, Option, Eject. Yep, that's handy when closing down shop at night!
     
  4. Magritte thread starter macrumors member

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    Display sleep, not system sleep.

    Hmm on the screen dimming. :rolleyes:
     
  5. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    I downloaded Dockables, one of which is display sleep, and I invoke it with a keystroke using Quicksilver
     
  6. Kan-O-Z macrumors 6502

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    The lowest setting on the screen brightness actually turns the display off. This may be just what you want.

    Kan-O-Z
     
  7. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    It turns just the backlight off.

    The screen is still on.
     
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    Man, that's awesome. Thanks for the link. Definitely comes in handy for those of us with all-in-one Macs.
     
  11. Magritte thread starter macrumors member

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    Dandy, even just having that on the Dock solves my problem. Thank you!
     
  12. verity macrumors member

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    Why not use the Hot Corners (under System Preferences, Desktop & Screen Saver)? I have one of them set as "Start Screen Saver" and whenever I move the mouse to it, "Computer Name" screen saver starts. Pretty dark and unobtrusive. Simple, although not exactly what you asked for :)
     
  13. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    What's the difference between the back light being of and the screen being off? Why have an option to turn only the back light off with the screen still on if you can't see anything on it anyways? Is it cause it takes longer to turn it on again or something?
     
  14. mike dunx macrumors regular

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    InsomniaX has an icon that's placed in your menu bar when you install it. On the drop down menu there are options to sleep display, sleep system, and you can also disable sleep (insomnia mode) if you want to close your laptop without it sleeping.
     
  15. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    Difference is: With the backlight off only, if you shine a light directly on the screen you will see what's on the screen (it can still burn in). If the screen is off, you won't see anything no matter how strong the light. I turn my backlight off when I have strong lighting from directly above me when I want to overly save battery life.
     
  16. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think liquid displays burn in.
     
  17. klymr macrumors 65816

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    Burn in...no. Image persistence...yes! What happens is the pixels that constantly change to display certain colors develop a "home" or "memory" of what they have been displaying if the screen doesn't change often, causing that faint image to still appear even when you change the image to something else.

    There is a fix for this on Apple's website:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88343
     
  18. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the posts about Dockables! That looks great! And the perfect solution for me when using my PB in clamshell mode with my MS keyboard which has no eject button. I really like a quick click or keystroke for sleep. Yes, going all the way to the Apple menu can be such a drag.... :D
     
  19. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    Meh. I've got my display to fall asleep after 10 minutes.

    Chances are that'll never hurt it.
     
  20. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a

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    There is a widget, I think it is called SleepDisplay, that just has one button that you click and it puts your display to sleep. I'll try and find it for you.
     
  21. nnick macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the post on Dockables. This will be very useful!!
     
  22. Magritte thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, unfortunately I need the screen to be black so that it is still running processes but not distracting me with anything on it. (Logistical reasons.) I could have tried to find a totally black screen saver but I figured sleeping the display was a better option.

    Dockables, InsomniaX, and the Sleep Display widget all have what I'm looking for; thanks to everyone for your great help.
     
  23. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    Wow. I'm not gonna lie but that is such a good app. Thanks.


    BTW, have you ever heard of PSU?
     
  24. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    Wow, that's trippy. I always assumed the whole screen was off when I turned the brightness down to zero, but I could totally still see everything with the light shining directly on the screen and the backlight off. Weird...

    EDIT: The dockables download is not working for both their website and Version Tracker... anyone know what's up? It takes me to a page full of nonsense characters.
     
  25. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    brightness turns the backlight off..not the display itself.
     

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