When connected to the Cinema Display via my MacBook Pro. Can I close the lid of my MacBook Pro?

I am thinking of buying the new Cinema Display in 2 weeks when it's pay day. But if I connect to the Cinema Display via my MacBook pro. Can I close the lid of my MacBook Pro and still use it via the Cinema Display. Otherwise I would have 2 monitors open. And that's a lot of light!?

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4 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    You most definitely can. You can set any external monitor to be the primary and only monitor for your MacBook Pro. Once it is connected via Mini DisplayPort and properly configured, you must close the lid and do one of three things:

    1. Click a paired bluetooth mouse such as the Magic Mouse to wake it.
    2. Stroke a key on a paired bluetooth keyboard to wake it.
    3. Open and close the lid in one motion.

    I'm always traveling, using bigger external monitors as my only display. I'll just hook it up, open and close the lid, and the screen will properly activate.

    Hope that helps, friend.

  • You can run the setup either way: with the MBP lid open as a second (or mirrored) display, or closed. The only caveat is that the MBP must be connected to a power source (not battery) to drive an external display with the lid closed.

  • Just connect your Macbook Pro or Macbook Air to the Cinema Display 27". Then open the lid, hit the startup button and close the lid immediately. Your Mac will startup using the Cinema Display as the one and only Display.

  • You cannot set a monitor to be the only monitor on the MacBookPro. It's automatic, and you have no control over that. The only way to set the 27" display as the only monitor is to close the lid of the MacBookPro, and to make sure that your MagSafe is connected.

    If you don't do this it will be confused, and switch to sleep mode and disable the 27" display.