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    Macbook on External Monitor

    I have a Macbook Pro set up on an external screen with bluetooth keyboard and track pad. I know that if I use a USB keyboard and mouse I can close the lid and it will act in a similar fashion to a Mac Mini. My question is; is it also possible to do this with the bluetooth keyboard and trackpad?

    Many thanks


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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    Late 2013 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, Sierra
    You're speaking about operating your MBP in "clamshell" mode. While the Apple instructions say you need an external keyboard and mouse they don't specify wired or wireless. I have used my MacBook that way but with a wired keyboard and mouse. Give it a try with your wireless keyboard and trackpad and come back and let us know if it works.

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    Slydude's Avatar
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    Nov 15, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+, 2015 iMac
    I use my 2008 MacBook Pro with a wireless keyboard and trackpad (Both Apple). I don't use clamshell mode with my second monitor much so I had to try it first. The wireless keyboard will wake the Mac when it is in clamshell mode. I sometimes have to wait a second or two after touching a key before it wakes up.
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