How to Turn Off a Laptop Screen in Windows 10 With the Power Button

Nancy Messieh 04-04-2018

The Windows 10 power button How to Use Your Windows 10 Power Button You can shut down Windows using the physical button on your computer or the commands on the Start Menu. We explain what these options do and how to tweak them. Read More is, well, pretty powerful. Beyond just turning your computer on and off, there’s a lot more you can do with the physical button, as well as with your laptop or computer’s power options.


A handy little feature in Windows 10 is the ability to turn off your laptop display with just the press of the physical power button.

Turning Off a Laptop Screen With the Power Button

How to Turn Off a Laptop Screen in Windows 10 With the Power Button Windows10 Power Screen

  1. Open Power Options. There are two ways you can do this: either right click the battery icon in your system tray and click Power Options, or open the Control Panel and click Power Options.
  2. Click Choose what the power buttons do.
  3. Under Define power buttons and turn on password protection, you should see a set of options for Power and sleep buttons and lid settings.
  4. For the first option, When I press the power button choose Turn off the display from the drop-down menu. If you’re using a laptop and want this feature to work whether you’re plugged in or using the laptop battery, be sure to change both options.

Other options other than turning off the display include putting your machine in Sleep or Hibernate modes Sleep Mode vs. Hibernate Mode: Which Power-Saving Mode Should You Use? What exactly does Sleep mode do? How is it different from Hibernate mode, which is an extra option on Windows computers? Which should you choose, and are there downsides to using them? Read More or shutting down your computer. You can also choose a setting where nothing will happen if you push the power button.

Turning off your display is particularly useful if you want to quickly lock your computer How to Automatically Lock Windows 10 Whenever You Leave Your Desk Windows automatically locks after you're inactive for a while, but it's not instantaneous. Here's a new feature that lets you lock your computer automatically when you leave it. Read More before you step away from your desk. Just hit your power button to turn off the display, and it will automatically lock your computer. When you return, you’ll have to enter your Windows 10 password How to Password Protect Windows 10 Your computer is a goldmine of personal and private information. Luckily, Windows 10 has a raft of locking methods to help protect your data. Let's take a look at how you can password protect Windows... Read More before resuming what you were doing.

If you prefer not to have to enter your password go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Under Require sign in select Never from the dropdown menu.


You might also be interested in knowing how to keep your Windows laptop on with the lid closed How to Keep a Windows Laptop Awake With the Lid Closed Wondering how to keep your laptop on when it's closed? Here's how to close your laptop and still use a connected monitor. Read More .

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  1. raditya
    April 9, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    very useful, thanks!

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    April 5, 2018 at 4:15 am

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