Sleep Display

Version: 1.0.1 || Release Date: 2007-06-07 || License: Freeware App Owner: tpalice

Also available as a widget.

If you have a beautiful new iMac, you know how nice and bright the screen is. Thing is...sometimes a bright screen isn't what you're going for. Enter this small application. When run, it IMMEDIATELY sleeps just your display so that you can continue running your background jobs. It doesn't permanently affect your energy settings, so when you start working again, your monitor will not sleep immediately.

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@norz Actually the "dockable" app doesn't work very well: it put the mouse cursor in the top left corner, triggering exposé (on my setting), and sometimes the display goes back on.

This app works much better: DisplaySleep by Willson Smith (MoDFoX)

[macbook pro 2007, mac os 10.5]

One of the "Dockable" apps puts the display to sleep, and works with Leopard:

As indicated by tpalice elsewhere (thanks!), pressing ctrl-shift-eject will put the display to sleep (and turn off keyboard illumination).

Leopard-compatible app that sleeps the display instantly: Sleep Display Leopard

This app currently doesn't support Leopard. People who are looking for this functionality can check out a widget called "Off" ( )

Anyone interested in this functionality MUST check out Nocturne ( by the Quicksilver people. Instead of turning the display completely off, Nocturne puts your display in 'night mode' which is much less blinding than the normal display with a side effect of looking cool :)

oh my god!! Someone finally figured it out!! Thank you!! :)

oooops. I've figured out how to make it work...if your 'Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for...' option in the Energy Saver preference panel is set to 'Never' then Sleep Display won't work. My bad ;) Works great for me now :D

This doesn't work for me. I've tried both the widget and the application, and they both put my display to sleep for only a moment before the display comes back on :(

Great. I've found several solutions that put the display to sleep in 1 minute, but this is the first that works immediately.

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