I'm looking for a way to keep the lid up, yet tell my Macbook Pro Late 2013 to do what it would do if the lid was actually closed. When I close the lid, the battery lasts for a long time, not so when the lid is open but I sleep the display.

I would like a way to tell my Macbook to sleep the display, yet if no interaction after a certain amount of time, then go into the mode comparable to closing the lid. All while keeping the lid open at all times because I have an external display and it's unnecessary having to close the lid when I'm done using it. When I'm ready to use it, I would just wake it using my bluetooth keyboard, or the power button. That would be comparable to opening the lid.

I have my hibernation setting at 3.

I'm sure there are some terminal commands to make this happen, I'm just unaware of it.


You can find these options in System Preferences > Energy Saver.

Drag the "Computer Sleep:" slider to the left.

Energy Saver Preferences

Note that for newer Apple portables, Yosemite combines the sleep and display sleep option:


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    I am using Yosemite and I don't see the computer sleep option.
    – Loi Huynh
    Jun 9 '15 at 15:57

Yes with time you can do like Ender says, or simply do it directly by clicking on the Apple on the top-left corner and click Suspend Activity (Go in sleeping mode)


You should be able to use Ctrl + Shift + Eject, this puts the mac to sleep. On a Macbook you need to use Ctrl + Shift + Power since there is no eject button (unless you are using an external keyboard).

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