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I want to disable the light on the apple behind my screen. Besides covering it physically, is there a program or setting to disable it?

Reason being - to make my MacBook Pro as uninteresting as possible to hyperactive two-year-olds.

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The glowing Apple on your MacBook Pro is actually illuminated by the backlight of your screen as well. So you can't turn it off as long as you have your screen lighted on. Your best bet is probably to put a sticker on it.

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or a case (which might be good idea with that hyperactive two-year old anyway) – Thilo Apr 15 '12 at 11:22
I actually came across this question because the stupid light is showing though my sticker. :< makes me angry. – Sponge Bob Oct 1 '12 at 1:30
Double (or triple) sticker could help with that :) – mgarciaisaia Apr 18 '15 at 18:06
Or better yet, fix a piece of opaque material that obscures the logo underneath your sticker. I used a small square of metal foil. – Kaya Mar 23 at 0:06

I don't think this is possible. The Apple logo (at least on a MacBook Air and the two previous Apple laptops I owned) is lit by the backlight of your screen. (Try changing your screen brightness, and you'll see the brightness of the Apple logo change as well.) I think covering it would be your only option.

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If you can google around a bit, i recall seeing stickers that can be applied to the inside of the MacBooks white plastic apple logo, to give it different appearances. I'm sure you can cover it up with an opaque material like thick paper to keep it from glowing, but to keep it as clean looking as possible on the outside.

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nice - thinking outside the box there (actually inside the case). I don't think I am going to be ordering anything - was hoping for software solution. However, the perfect solution would be something on the inside of the case, which could be made opaque via a switch, or sliding into place upon command somehow. – Billy Moon Apr 18 '12 at 10:45
well this would be quite permanent, like a sticker. At least you can stop the light with black construction paper or something, without ruining the ouside – AMomchilov Apr 19 '12 at 0:38

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