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  • jannonballs Level 1 Level 1

    What I do is to hit the power button in the upper right on my Macbook Air.  Then I'll hit the "s" key to sleep, "Return" key to shutdown, "Esc" key to cancel, or the "r" key to reboot.  If you want to require your password when waking up, be sure to change it in your system preferences --> Security --> require password immedaiately after sleep or screen saver.

  • Appletart Level 1 Level 1

    Press the power button and the "S," that's it.  Short and sweet!  But then again, didn't read the question correctly.  Hope someone finds the answer.

  • ingenho Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks appletart, i think, at least for me, a sweet and very appliable answer on the very first question in this conversation.

  • Appletart Level 1 Level 1

    Glad it works for you.  Just hope I can get my MBA reconnect to my wifi after sleep.  Update 10.7.3 didn't work as advertised, perhaps the next update!  Aloha.

  • Eduardo Gutierrez De O. Level 1 Level 1

    No. It isn't. And it's a dismissive and ultimately disrespectful jab ad the original poster (the only one that can assess if the reply is adequate).


    The OP was asking for a shortcut to put the display to sleep since the "Normal" one doesn't apply to a MBA air. How can telling him to put the whole computer to sleep be a sensible answer? Especially when half the people ignored the question and answered this and were properly scolded for not paying attention and being less than helpful.


    Still, at least they're attempting to help, even if they don't really answer the question. You're justifying their incorrect answer and behaviour, though.

  • brainray Level 1 Level 1

    This thread really is about how much people take care...


    There are workarounds (like the already reported hot corner plus modifier key). Here is a nice overview:



    Another way: Download BetterTouchTool (free) and configure it to whatever you want.

    E.g. Go Simple->Gestures->Keyboard tab


    under the  prefefined actions tab there is a "sleep display" item. I configured it to the key Control-Shift-Backspace. That feels almost like Control-Shift-Eject.

  • Evil Rob Level 1 Level 1

    control+shift+fn+power button

  • aldela Level 1 Level 1

    Very handy: find all keyboard shortcuts here

  • nicejinx Level 1 Level 1

    the best way is,

    click power button

    click s (sleep shorcut)

  • Steve MBA Level 1 Level 1

    To put the display to sleep, just hit: control+shift+power. 


    No need to add the fn key to the sequence as someone mentioned above.

  • olaf-the-hairy Level 1 Level 1

    Better solution is to install Better Touch Tool, then assign whatever global shortcut (keyboard, trackpad, mouse or remote) you like to be the 'sleep display'/'sleep computer' buttons.


    I personally use cmd+alt+bacspace


    Hope this helps.

  • titine Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, works perfectly.

  • Level 1 Level 1

    All of you guys replying with instructions of how to sleep the machine rather than the display should be ashamed, read posts in future- you're not helping, this thread was incredibly irritating to read through and find my answer.


    BetterTouchTool is the way to go for this it seems, but for my use case at least, 'sleep display' isn't appropriate, it renders your machine unusable on connected AirPlay devices, which is what I was looking for.


    If you want to 'sleep display' your machine so that it isn't glowing whilst you're using AirPlay, this isn't going to cut it, the device becomes unresponsive- much like regular sleep it seems, I'm not entire sure what the difference is.


    Since I wanted to just stop my MacBook Air glowing whilst I'm AirPlaying, I used BetterTouchTool to bind 16x brightness down and 16x keyboard lights down actions to a single key (I chose the key beneath ESC) and similarly, shift + that key to do the opposite. Effectively making my screen dim to black, and keyboard lights turn off whilst still leaving AirPlay working fine so I can watch streams on my AppleTV


    Just to confirm it looks like this:


    Works great!

  • FreddieUK Level 1 Level 1

    TFE2's solution using Command + Hotcorners was great solution for me....thanks.

  • robidos Level 1 Level 1

    ctrl + shift + power works for me on my macbook air.