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How Do I Turn Off My Monitor Automatically

January 10, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to set the time when the computer display will automatically turn off.

Nearly every user leaves his computer with unfinished work displayed on his monitor at some point in the day. In this case, a screensaver is commonly used. But sometimes, you may prefer the computer monitor to turn off automatically after a set time period. This is ideal when you don’t know when you will return to the computer, or because you want to save energy for the time while you are away from the keyboard. The Windows® operating system conveniently offers a function that can turn the computer or laptop monitor off automatically after a predefined time period. On the other hand, you can also use this function to avoid turning off the computer or laptop monitor when you don’t want it to, for instance, if  you are watching a movie or reading a long document. To learn how to set the time when the computer display will automatically turn off, follow the instructions below.

Instructions for Windows XP®:

  1. Go to your desktop. Remember to minimize all applications or show only your desktop by pressing the “Win Key + D” combination on your keyboard.
  2. Right–click on your desktop.
  3. Choose the “Properties” option.
  4. Switch to the “Screen Saver” tab.
  5. Click on the “Power” button, and switch to the “Power Schemas” tab.
  6. The default is the “Home/Office” schema. Leave it like this.
  7. In the “Turn Off Monitor” dropdown, choose the desired time and click the “OK” button.

Instructions for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7:

  1. Go to your desktop. Remember to minimize all applications or show only your desktop by pressing the “Win Key + D” combination on your keyboard.
  2. Right–click on your desktop.
  3. Choose “Personalize.”
  4. Click on the “Screen Saver” icon.
  5. Click on the “Change power settings” link.
  6. Click on “Choose when to turn off the display” in the left pane.
  7. In the “Turn off the display” dropdown, choose the desired time and click the “Save changes” button.
  8. Close the window.

Tips and Tricks:

  • In the “Power settings” window, you can set the time for turning off your hard drives as well.

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