Apple’s popular line of computers, the MacBook, has always been an attractive option for those who want to have a portable computer with great performance, but don’t want to lug around a big power-hungry desktop. While the Macbook has always had a reputation for being both attractive and functional, the latest models have grown even more popular over the last few years. It’s not uncommon to see Macbook users out in public with their devices, and many people now use them to watch movies, listen to music, and even work with a more casual attitude.
Because we have the Mac, we tend to treat it like a piece of furniture that’s always there. If we’re not using it, who cares if it’s there or not? But that makes it difficult to learn, and makes it harder to experience the computer as an extension of ourselves. Here are three ways to make it easier.
The classic Mac has never been a machine that was meant to be opened and played with. It’s meant to be used and enjoyed. Which is why it’s important to make the most of your Mac, and show it off to the world. Here are three ways you can do just that.
Using your MacBook while it’s closed may be beneficial for a variety of reasons. To free up room on your desk, you might, for example, connect an external monitor and relocate your laptop.
You may also want to use your Mac to download applications or just listen to music without having to leave it open.
However, if you want to keep your Mac from shutting off or merely turning on after it has been closed, you’ll need to follow the procedures outlined below…
Using a MacBook with the lid closed
We’ll start with the most common situation, which is utilizing your MacBook with an external monitor when it’s closed. To do this, follow these steps:
- An external keyboard may be connected (Bluetooth or wired).
- An external mouse should be connected (Bluetooth or wired).
- Connect an external monitor to the computer.
If you’re going to use Bluetooth devices, ensure sure they’re switched on and connected with your MacBook.
Lower the lid after your Mac’s desktop shows on the external monitor. It will eventually appear, even if your display is turned off.
You may need to use an adaptor to connect your MacBook, although this is not always required.
Set your MacBook to “cover closed” mode when you turn it on.
Without opening the lid, you may easily wake up your MacBook by clicking or dragging the mouse or typing on the keyboard. But how do you turn it on if you don’t have access to the power button?
- Select Apple.
- Go to System Preferences and choose them.
- Make your way to Drums.
- Click Program to program an activity reactivation.
- Then choose the days and times you want your Mac to start on its own by ticking Start or reactivate.
Please keep in mind that the Mac will only turn on when it is connected into a power outlet.
Stop your MacBook from going to sleep while the lid is closed.
Want to get a good night’s sleep without having to worry about the keyboard or screen light while downloading material or synchronizing your Time Machine backup?
The issue is that if your Mac isn’t plugged in and linked to an external display, it will go to sleep when you drop its cover, even if you’ve set your system settings.
There are third-party applications that may prevent your MacBook from going to sleep once the lid is closed to work around this problem:
- Coca is a free app accessible on the App Store.
- Amphetamine is a free app accessible on the App Store.
- Caffeinated is a € 4.99 app available on the App Store.
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