External Display While Closed

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When hooking my macbook pro up to my hdtv, is there a way for me to close the macbook but still have it play a video on my tv? I've read that there is a "clamshell" mode but it said that you have to close the macbook and then press a key on an external keyboard. I do not have an external keyboard hooked up to it.
 

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You need to purchase an external keyboard and mouse in order to use clamshell mode. So yes, the Apple KB article is correct. Just follow their directions.
 
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If you're running Snow leopard or earlier, then you do have to press a key on the external keyboard/mouse after closing the MBP. However, you can simply close the lid in Lion and it switches to the external display without having to press a key on the keyboard first.
 

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