Sleep Display


Version 1.0 (4 KB)

Sleep your Leopard display instantly

Apple Mac OS X Leopard has a limitation that the only way to sleep a display or external monitor 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.

Extract the zip, move it to your Applications folder. From there drag it to your Dock if you like. Run it and your display will go off. Move your mouse or press a key and it will come back on.

Please note: After this application was developed Apple have added a new keyboard shortcut for sleeping a display, that is Control + Shift + Eject.

If you’d like to run it from the command line or a script use:


Minimum Requirements:
• PowerPC or Intel Apple Mac
• Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later

Version History:
1.0 (November 14, 2007)
• Initial release.

“Simple and does what it says it’s suppose to do, on an Apple iMac G5 2.1GHz running 10.5. Great when you want to listen to music and want your screen off. I use ‘Butler’ to launch it via hotkey”

“Sweet! It worked on my external display.”

“Its more efficient to use hot corners for things you do frequently, e.g. dashboard, all windows, app windows show desktop. Since you have only four corners it wouldn’t be sensible to give up one of them for sleep display which most people will only do maybe 1-2 times a day. With SleepDisplay in application form you can hook it up to anything you like, e.g. quick silver, launch buddy, remote buddy…whatever you like.”