Turning the monitor off without turning the computer off?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mrat93, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. mrat93 macrumors 65816

    mrat93

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    I'll probably get my iMac on Tuesday if there is something new announced. I was just wondering if there was a way to turn the monitor off without turning the computer off. I use this often with my Dell monitor now. I noticed on my brother's MacBook that even if I turn the brightness all the way down, the picture still shows a little bit. I want to be able to just turn it off.

    Don't ask why I need to do this even if most of you probably know why.
     
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    If you put the computer to sleep, it'll turn the display off.
     
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    In Energy Saver preferences, tell the display to sleep in n (whatever length you'd like) minutes.
     
  4. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you guys didn't understand my expectations of what I want. I want to be able to turn the screen off at any time within a few seconds. Something just as easy as pressing the power button on my monitor now.
     
  5. OutThere macrumors 603

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    http://linestreet.googlepages.com/sleepdisplaywidget
     
  6. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You can also access the keychain preferences, and activate the security menu (looks like a pad lock). Setting it to lock the screen will activate the screen saver and require a password to unlock it. If you set the screen sleep to 2 minutes, and use 'blank screen' as your screen saver, you would get a similar effect.

    TEG
     
  8. bobobo macrumors member

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  9. klaxamazoo macrumors 6502

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    I don't have an iMac, but with my macbook pro hooked up to an external monitor I can set the power button of the display to do a number of things such as putting the computer to sleep or turning the display off. It is under the display preferences. Since the iMac's power button is probably a "soft" button, it may have other settings also.
     
  10. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    well the iMacs and notebooks aren't, as they have integrated displays. The ACDs have a power button on the side.
     
  11. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    You could also try just hitting F11. That immediately moves every window out of view.
     
  12. darkcurse macrumors 6502a

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    Just turn the backlight off and leave it alone. The screen itself will shut off in 10 minutes or so (adjustable in System Preferences) of inactivity.

    Or if you want to do what I think you're doing, just hide the active window! :p Hit cmd(apple button)+H and it will immediately hide whatever window is in your foreground.
     
  13. empezar macrumors regular

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    I have this problem too, only i have a HDTV connected to my iMac and I want to be able to turn off my iMac monitor while watching movies.

    It's pretty fantastic that the iMac doesn't have a feature to turn the screen off.

    It's like not having a door to your house cause the door doesn't "look good" with the rest of the house's slick brick walls.
     
  14. MattyP30 macrumors member

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    i have mine setup so when i move the mouse to the bottom right corner the display instantly goes off!

    matt
     
  15. empezar macrumors regular

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    the problem with that is that the hdtv connected to the imac also turns off if i do that.
     

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