Put display to sleep with a keystroke?

Magritte

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Jul 14, 2007
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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!
 

verity

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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 :)
 

polycat33

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Jul 1, 2007
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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?
 

mike dunx

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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.
 

hopejr

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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?
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.
 

iMacBook

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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.
I don't think liquid displays burn in.
 

klymr

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May 16, 2007
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I don't think liquid displays burn in.
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
 

Squonk

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Mar 15, 2005
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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
 

iMacBook

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

Chances are that'll never hurt it.
 

rockstarjoe

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Jun 2, 2006
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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.
 

Magritte

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Pretty dark and unobtrusive. Simple, although not exactly what you asked for :)
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.
 

polycat33

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Jul 1, 2007
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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.
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.