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How do I set the monitor to shutdown in a MacBook Pro? I do not want the computer to stop running; I do not wish it to go to sleep.

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Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver to set how long to wait before putting the computer to sleep. Pull the slider all the way to the right for Never. You can also adjust how long to wait before putting the display to sleep.

To set a Hot Corner to sleep the display, go to System Preferences > Exposé & Spaces > Exposé and set a corner to Sleep Display. Then just move your mouse pointer into the corner to sleep the display. (Thanks for reminding me of that, jmlumpkin.)

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And you could also set up a hot corner that also will put the display to sleep as well. – jmlumpkin May 6 '11 at 2:12

If you want to turn the display off quickly, you can hold down Shift-Control-Eject all together to sleep the display immediately.

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Doesn't work for me out of the box? – slhck May 6 '11 at 4:40
works for me . . . – Pacerier May 6 '11 at 9:54
@slhck Yes, it works right out of the box. – jmlumpkin May 6 '11 at 11:27
@jmlumpkin Weird, I don't recall having changed anything. Well, I'll try it on another machine tomorrow. – slhck May 6 '11 at 17:29
@Ben No I'm on a brand new Macbook Pro. Works now, maybe I was too stupid to press the buttons correctly :P – slhck May 9 '11 at 5:45

CTRL - SHIFT - POWER will get you there.

Eject button doesn't exist on a Macbook Pro Retina and others...

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