Set Sleep Time?

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  1. nmeed macrumors regular

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    I'm trying to figure out how to set the time for the Mac to sleep? I checked out energy saver but the only option they have there is the time to turn off the screen. Also, if I'm downloading something, does the machine go to sleep? I'm struggling to figure out how the heck it works when it comes to when it does sleep and when it doesn't sleep... if someone can shed some light on that it would be amazing.
     
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    (Presuming you're referring to Yosemite) In the lower right of the Energy Saver window is a Schedule... button.

    As to whether it goes to sleep when you're downloading, select "Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off." You may also want to consider "Wake for network access" and "Enable Power Nap."

    The little, blue question mark icons will open Help. That's been known to shed a reasonable amount of light (presuming the display isn't asleep).
     
  3. nmeed thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for your reply...

    The schedule really isn't what I was looking for. In Windows and apparently in older version of OS X, there was a "Put computer to sleep after..." setting. Basically, you could set the computer to sleep after 5, 10, 15minutes (what have you) of inactivity. I don't see that anywhere now.

    The Network access option read to me that it's for other people, not if the laptop itself is using the network?

    I put prevent the computer to sleep...so now it's never going to sleep?
    Does closing the lid put the laptop to sleep? Is there any option to change that?

    Is there anyway to have it stay awake while it downloads something...then automatically go to sleep when it's done?
     
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    There is one slider control - "Turn display off after:" It also puts the rest of the computer to sleep UNLESS you check options like "Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off."

    You clearly want the computer to stay awake when the display goes to sleep, which is why I suggested that option. However, if the computer is in the middle of a process like a download, then it is NOT inactive - going to sleep occurs when it is inactive.

    If you want the computer to stay awake when the display sleeps, you may want to use Screen Saver in addition to the Energy Saver controls.

    The operating system is fairly intelligent about energy savings - I suspect you're looking for more settings than are necessary.

    Normally, if you close the clamshell, the whole computer goes to sleep. However, if you have an external display connected and powered on, closing the clamshell turns off only the display.
     
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