Can you use this keyboard while having the MBP closed and hooked to a display?

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    Yes. Just make sure that (in System Preferences > Bluetooth > Advanced) "Allow Bluetooth devices to wake your computer" is checked, then plug in the display, plug in a mouse (or Magic Trackpad), pair the keyboard, close the MacBook's lid and wake it up with the mouse or the keyboard.

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  • Actually you can!! You will need to change the settings for your MBP to not sleep when the lid is closed. Then, with it closed, all you'll need to do is have your MBP connected to your exterior monitor.

    I haven't tried it, but a dorm-mate of mine did this with his MBP!

    P.S. Be cautious..!!!! You'll need to shut your MBP down or put it to sleep before taking it somewhere. If you're like me, I rarely shut my MBP down, just simply close the lid,allowing it to go to sleep, and slide it into my computer bag or take it to the next room. With the fact that you have changed the settings to prevent it from sleeping when the lid is closed, even with some HDD (Hard disk drive) safeguards in place, you could take the risk of damaging your HDD. So when taking somewhere, make sure you've put it to sleep or shut the system down.

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  • I have to say, I'm intrigued by this one... Surely if the keyboard is paired to the MBP and it's closed (thereby asleep), nothing is going to work! The only function of the bluetooth keyboard will be to 'wake' the sleeping Mac.

    Having a 2nd display connected to the MBP (I take it this is what you mean?) is irrelevant, as it too will be asleep!

    If, possibly, you mean can you use the keyboard to input information to this second display (which again I'm assuming you have connected to your MBP) whilst the Mac is closed/asleep, then no. The display would have to be it's own processor'd computer; such as an iMac or iPad!


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