Often we start some task on the Mac that does not require our presence, and move away from the computer. You can turn off the display to conserve power, but how can you do this so that your Mac doesn’t go to sleep, which can interrupt one process or another? In this article, we will answer this question.
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Switching off the monitor with the button
The first and most banal / simple / ancient way, provided that you have an external monitor, is to turn off the display using the power button. Of course, the process is somewhat tedious if you have multiple external monitors at your disposal. When you disable one external display, macOS automatically reconfigures the layout of the desktops between the others.
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The second way is to dim the brightness using function keys on Mac. Most often they are located on the buttons. F1 and F2. This is one of the easiest ways to dim the built-in display. The disadvantage of this method is that on older Macs, the dimming occurs in a narrow range, but on newer Apple computers, you can dim the display almost to darkness. The brightness of the external monitor is not adjusted.
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Turn off (sleep) the monitor using hotkeys
The third and most advanced way would be to use one of the following shortcuts:
Control + ⇧Shift + Eject key
Control + ⇧Shift + Power Button
When you press this key combination, all displays connected to the Mac + the computer’s own display will turn off, and all system processes will continue to work.
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Turn off (sleep) the monitor using Hot Corners
In addition, macOS has a great Hot Corners feature that allows you to perform various commands with a trackpad gesture or mouse direction. To set up gestures, open System settings and go to section mission control.
Click the button in the lower left corner Active corners.
Four drop-down boxes will appear in front of you, which correspond to the corners of the monitor. Select the desired angle, specify the command “Put monitor to sleep” and press the button OK.
Now a trackpad or mouse gesture to the selected corner of the screen will automatically turn off (put to sleep) the monitor.