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I'd like to be able to hit a key combo on my keyboard without it waking my Mac's monitor.

Let's say my monitor is asleep and I want to press a function key to do something (volume up/down, iTunes next/back, or something else), if my monitor is asleep, pressing the key wakes the monitor instead of executing the function I've assigned... so... I have to press the button twice, but what's particularly annoying is that I have to put my monitor to sleep again.

I want to be able to use hotkeys without waking my monitor. Is this possible? It's a USB keyboard (actually, it's a Flirc IR receiver USB dongle that a Mac sees as a keyboard. Flirc plus BetterTouchTool makes it easy to use a universal remote to control a Mac... but drat, I can't figure out how to keep the monitor asleep).

I'm running the latest version of macOS.

  • As a test, what happens if you totally power off the monitor? Does the dongle still require having the button pressed twice? If so, what about totally unplugging the monitor (obviously, this is not a solution), I'm just trying to do a couple of tests to see how the behaviour changes (if at all). – Monomeeth Mar 23 '17 at 0:09
  • Powering off the monitor is what I'm currently doing and it's annoying for many reasons. It works, but what I want is the ability to have the monitor stay asleep. – 2oh1 Mar 23 '17 at 0:20
  • Thanks - that's good to know - it means that what you want to do may be feasible. Now the challenge is to try and find out how. I'll do a bit of digging, but perhaps in the meantime someone else will have a solution for you! :) – Monomeeth Mar 23 '17 at 0:23

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