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Sleep Display... Snow Leopard has a limitation that the only way to sleep a display is with a hot corner. So, when run, this small application will sleep your display instantly. Ideal for iMacs which have no display off button.

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Version 2.8:
  • Now supports Snow Leopard


Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6

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Sala7575 Member IconReview+8

works! 10.9.1

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Version 2.8
Creidenouer Member IconReview+3

Works! 10.8.5

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Version 2.8
Gcoghill Member IconReview+218

Worked fine on a 2008 Mac Pro running 10.8.2

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Version 2.8
Doug S. Member IconReview+197
Doug S.

I was a bit worried since this hasn't been updated in nearly two years but I can confirm it works on my 10.8.2 iMac so why fix what isn't broken?

I gave it a three for features since it only really has one, even if it is the only one I really need. It would be nice if you could set up a custom bind that it would look for.

Oh, that brings me to the reason why someone might need this. I like mechanical keyboards. And even if I didn't, any cheap keyboard is going to be a PC keyboard. As such, my keyboard doesn't have a fn key or an eject key so I can't really do the key combination. However, I do have Alfred installed. The two together do the same thing and quickly.

If you need something like this, look no further. It's free and it works. Need a quick way to launch it? Use Alfred. I can probably even set up a custom key command through that.

I took off a .5 rating because it doesn't have an Icon. This is OS X, not Windows or Linux; we have standards.

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Version 2.8
Paul7 Member IconReview+6

Just Works!! Tested on a MBP running 10.7

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Version 2.8
Roro01 Member IconComment+0

The best thing for your Mac is to leave it 'on' 24 hours a day, put "Display sleep" in System Preferences to 15 minutes or so and "Computer sleep" to Never.

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Version 2.8
Warmlogic Member IconComment+30

Press control-shift-eject to put your display to sleep.

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Version 2.8
Mark Lee

Good luck setting that hotkey combination to a remote.

Penguirl Member IconComment+1057

"Snow Leopard has a limitation that the only way to sleep a display is with a hot corner."

That is not correct. Launch Keychain Access, open the preferences, check "Show Status in Menu Bar" box. When you click the padlock icon in the menu bar and select "Lock Screen" it will put the display to sleep. At least on my SL Mac Pro/Al CD it does.

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Version 2.8
Momijigari Member IconComment+32

Or simply use your built-in OS X ScreenSaver preference panel and set your "Hot Corners" function to "Put Display to Sleep".

Then all you have to do to sleep your display is move your mouse into the corner you chose.

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Version 2.8
Aargl Member IconReview+354

Both DisplaySleep and SleepDisplay give an error when you try to activate them via Applescript (iMac G5 10.5.8).
Except for that I love them! :-)

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Version 2.8

After some experimenting, I found I can activate Sleep Display in Applescript without errors with:

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do shell script "open /Applications/SleepDisplay.app"
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This gets rid of the "Application isn’t running" Applescript error and having the path doesn't make "dropdmg" pop up in the script because applescript can't find the Sleep Display app due to some weirdness in the Sleep Display app coding.


Thanks for the tip! :-)

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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 18,707
Version Downloads 12,154
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 19 Jan 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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