For better or for worse, we no longer live in 1999. As such, most of our monitors don’t have their own power buttons anymore. In fact, I’ve never seen a laptop screen with its own power button!
But don’t worry, it is still possible to turn off your laptop screen. Perhaps more astonishingly, there are multiple ways to achieve this — seven ways, in fact. Keep reading to see how easy they are.
1. Close the Lid
You can adjust your machine’s power settings so that when you close the lid, only your screen is turned off and nothing else.
Head to Settings > System > Power and Sleep > Additional Power Settings and select Choose what closing the lid does in the left-hand panel.
2. Use a Script File
Grab a copy of the Turn Off Screen script file and put it on your desktop or in another easy-to-access place. Double click the file, and the screen will go off.
Download: Turn Off Screen
3. Turn Off Monitor
Turn Off Monitor is an EXE application with one function: turning off your screen. The app is portable, so you won’t need to install it on your computer.
Download: Turn Off Monitor
4. Use DisplayOff
If Turn Off Monitor didn’t work for you, try DisplayOff instead. The functionality is exactly the same; even the user interface is almost identical.
5. Monitor Energy Saver
Monitor Energy Saver is yet another standalone program. As the name suggests, it has slightly more functionality that Turn Off Monitor and DisplayOff; it can also suspend running apps and update chat statuses to “Away.”
Download: Monitor Energy Saver
Yes, you guessed it. Dark is another third-party app with one purpose. Just double-click the EXE file and your screen will power down.
Ah, something a bit different. Instead of being a clickable EXE file, BlackTop gives you a keyboard shortcut to turn off the display. You need to press Ctrl + Alt + B.
Do you have any other ideas? Ideally, please suggest ones that don’t involve hitting your screen with a hammer. As always, you can leave your tips in the comments below.
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