Shades Feature Request

3 Votes

Ability to dim display to black

  • Status: Open


I have a new iMac, and apparently Mac OS X 10.5.6 on this machine doesn't allow one to simply turn off the display, which I would like to do. I have the machine in my bedroom and sometimes when I'm downloading large files, it takes hours. It'd be nice to be able to turn the display off, because Energy Saver won't: The display remains active. Could Shades be modified to allow the display to be darkened to black?

Submitted by Leigh Williams at 06:31am on 28 Jan 2009


you should be able to get your imac to turn off the display without sleeping.
you could use terminal if you know your stuff (its just a simple command). theres a lot of third party software that does it too (i remember using a widget that turned the screen off at the click of a button). currently i have a hot corner that puts my display to sleep, which is really useful for me. however it almost gave my friend a fit when they thought they broke my computer.

Posted at 2:49pm on 20 May 2009

Try "System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver -> Hot Corners": There you can configure a hot corner for letting the display sleep.

BUT: this only works for all displays at the same time. When using a projector, it would be nice if one could let the display of the Mac sleep while the projector is awake. This would be a killer feature (I know several people with projectors and Macs who want such a feature). But maybe it belongs to a separate application.

Posted by Axel Rauschmayer at 6:45pm on 09 Nov 2009

The Hot Corners option works well, but only until the machine becomes active again. For example, in the new version of the Apple Remote app, the screen brightens every time the song changes! I got Shades to keep the screen black, and it doesn\'t do it.

Posted by Mark Wilson at 1:16pm on 23 Aug 2011

Correction to my post, third sentence. Yes, Shades can blacken completely, even with the new Remote App.

Posted by Mark Wilson at 1:25pm on 23 Aug 2011


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