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Sleep the Display

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The pmset utility can be used to sleep the display of a Mac from the command line. This can be useful for locking a Mac remotely if its security settings are configured to require a password after waking, but without needing to put the Mac fully to sleep:

pmset displaysleepnow

If you do want to put the Mac to sleep, rather than just sleeping the display, just use sleepnow instead:

pmset sleepnow

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Originally published on by Lucas Cantor