ScreenOff lets you turn off Windows laptop screen with a click

Desktop users can turn off their monitor screens with the button provided. But if you are using a Windows laptop, then it is not possible for you to turn off the laptop screen manually – unless of course, its manufacturer has given you a FnΒ keyboard shortcut. Sure the Windows Power Options do let you configure the Plan Settings so that you can turn off the display after some time. But what if you just need to turn off the display on your laptop screen manually right away, without locking the laptop or putting it to Sleep?

ScreenOff Turn off Windows laptop screen

Turn off Windows laptop screen with ScreenOff

ScreenOff is a first-of-its-kind 13KB freeware that lets you turn off your Windows laptop monitor screen in a click, without putting it to Sleep. This tool does not use a batch command. It uses a SendMessage Visual Basic command to send the system, the command to turn off the display. Moreover, it is a portable tool that does not require to be installed. Nor does it ask you to download and install any specific .NET Framework version.

Simply download the zip file, extract its contents, move the folder to your Program Folder and pin the shortcut of ScreenOff.exe to your Start Screen or Taskbar.

When you need to go away and want to turn off the laptop screen, just click on its icon and the laptop monitor will be turned off. No need to lock Windows. This free tool does not put Windows to Sleep; it just turns off the laptop screen.

When you want to turn on the laptop screen, just move the mouse or touch the screen if your laptopΒ has aΒ touch-screen.

To create a Hotkey, right-click on its shortcut and select Properties. Under Shortcut tab, set a Shortcut key for it.

ScreenOff does not have any UI – It works in the background. The tool is useful to have around, for your Windows laptop or tablet, as it can also help you save power – especially when your device is running on battery.

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ScreenOff v 2.1 updated & released on 22nd March 2017, has been developed by Paras Sidhu and has been tested on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit. Version 1.0 enabled a blank screensaver that turned the screen black. The code has been updated by the developer, and in recent versions, it turns off the screen.

Like all our TWC freeware, this tool too is completely clean and free and does not push any PUPs or 3rd-party offers.

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144 Comments

  1. just_saying

    What about the shortcut to ‘nircmd-x64nircmd.exe cmdwait 1000 monitor off’?? This one is years old and exactly does the same functionality. Doesn’t it deserve some credit??

  2. Roland

    This doesnt even do the job properly, just turns the screen black. If anyones interested theres an 80kb tool called TurnOffLCD which does does turn off the screen.

    @just_saying
    Great alternative! Cheers

  3. Paras Sidhu

    I didn’t know about it. After some Google search, I came to know that it needs a software and then a command. Not one step more?

  4. Deepeejay

    My laptop is an Acer 5733 – it has a key combination (Fn+F6) which enables me to turn off the display when an external monitor is being used. I use it without a monitor to blank the screen. Pressing the space-bar turns the display on again.

  5. Paras has developed ScreenOff and hence we are launching and talking about his tool here. Maybe there are other similar tools – so many tools are launched for doing similar functions. πŸ™‚

  6. Yes some laptops have it. Mine unfortunately does not. πŸ™‚

  7. Caleb

    Very useful tool. Thank you for making it available.

  8. Paras Sidhu

    Thank you for the feedback. I have edited the code so that the monitor is actually turned off. The new version is 1.1. This tool is different as it is portable and does not require to be installed. It also does not ask you to download any .NET Framework.

  9. just_saying

    I’m totally supportive to these initiatives, and my honest gratitude to Paras. However, if I was the other developer I would consider unfair to say that “ScreenOff is a first-of-its-kind 13KB freeware”, because it’s not the first (and I didn’t know about TurnOffLCD). Hopefully though it’ll be the best πŸ™‚

  10. Phil

    I want to turn off the screen while continuing to play music on my Asus T100. Screenoff turns off the screen but my music stops too. In other words, it puts my Asus to sleep too. No difference at all. Please address this problem.

  11. Guest

    What about a tool that turns off my main monitor and leaves the external screen on so I can watch videos?

  12. What about a tool that turns off my main monitor and leaves the external screen on so I can watch videos?

  13. ppp

    It doesnt work. screen is black but movie stoped

  14. recklessftw

    This is great, it’s just what I was looking for to use on my Surface Pro 2!

  15. fordiy

    I think this is good except it has NO hot key support. Can you add keyboard hot key support ?

  16. FazZ

    Thanks for posting this @happyandyk:disqus, it works perfectly for me and extremely fast compared to many others I’ve tried ()^,…,^)

    I currently use it on Windows 8.1 connected to 1x 4K monitor, 1x 4K TV and 1x 4K projector (all connected to the same system) using an Nvidia Titan X (non-SLi) and have your excellent ScreenOff tool hotkey’ed with my Logitech G110 and G13 short-cuts, making it easily accessible and no issues (at present) with waking up after short and long periods… which also means I’m saving on clicking hardware buttons (minimising ware and tear, and time).

    Have fun all and huge shout out to @ParasSidhu:disqus for creating an outstanding little tool {}^,…,^}

  17. FazZ

    Thanks for posting this @happyandyk:disqus it works perfectly for me and extremely fast compared to many others I’ve tried ()^,…,^)

    I currently use it on Windows 8.1 connected to 1x 4K monitor, 1x 4K TV and 1x 4K projector (all connected to the same system) using an Nvidia Titan X (non-SLi) and have your excellent ScreenOff tool hotkey’ed with my Logitech G110 and G13 short-cuts, making it easily accessible and no issues (at present) with waking up after short and long periods… which also means I’m saving on clicking hardware buttons (minimising ware and tear, and time).

    Have fun all and huge shout out to @ParasSidhu:disqus for creating an outstanding little tool {}^,…,^}

  18. FazZ

    Thanks for posting this @Anand Khanse:disqus it works perfectly for me and extremely fast compared to many others I’ve tried ()^,…,^)

    I currently use it on Windows 8.1 connected to 1x 4K monitor, 1x 4K TV and 1x 4K projector (all connected to the same system) using an Nvidia Titan X (non-SLi) and have your excellent ScreenOff tool hotkey’ed with my Logitech G110 and G13 short-cuts, making it easily accessible and no issues (at present) with waking up after short and long periods… which also means I’m saving on clicking hardware buttons (minimising ware and tear, and time).

    Have fun all and huge shout out to @Paras Sidhu:disqus for creating an outstanding little tool {}^,…,^}

  19. FazZ

    Thanks for posting this @happyandyk:disqus it works perfectly for me and extremely fast compared to many others I’ve tried ()^,…,^)

    I currently use it on Windows 8.1 connected to 1x 4K monitor, 1x 4K TV and 1x 4K projector (all connected to the same system) using an Nvidia Titan X (non-SLi) and have your excellent ScreenOff tool hotkey’ed with my Logitech G110 and G13 short-cuts, making it easily accessible and no issues (at present) with waking up after short and long periods… which also means I’m saving on clicking hardware buttons (minimising ware and tear, and time).

    Have fun all and huge shout out to @ParasSidhu:disqus for creating a very useful little utility {}^,…,^}

  20. Paras Sidhu

    Glad to hear πŸ™‚

  21. Paras Sidhu

    Extremely happy after reading your feedback. Feedbacks like this make providing software for free worth.

    Hope you will continue sharing your experience with us on our new apps πŸ™‚

  22. Paras Sidhu

    Maybe yes when we update it for Windows 10 πŸ™‚

  23. steelew

    is there any way to set how much mouse movement is needed to wake the screen? Mine just comes back on randomly.

  24. Sacha

    It turns off then I freak out and I move the cursor.. Its on and then off.. I am more freaked out.. I close the file explorer.. Then its off.. I move cursor its on I quickly navigate to task manager and see nothing… And I back off.. Oh, its not turning off.. I deleted the software permanently from recycle bin… XS say something technical so this awkward feeling won’t ducking happens again XD

  25. lisandrocarmona

    Wonderful app. But, the link has a black icon that could not be seen if we fix it at task bar. Could we have a white .exe for the app?

  26. Pavko

    I’m very sad at the moment with my tablet yoga 2… πŸ™ This version doesn’t work in Windows 10. Please, update this.. !! πŸ™‚

  27. Paras Sidhu

    Not for now.

  28. Paras Sidhu

    What error are you facing. Can you share some more details about your OS?

  29. Laser_Beam

    Many thanks for this nice utility. I think something changed in Windows 10 (x64 Pro). The monitor will turn off, but then it will just turn on again automatically.

  30. Paras Sidhu

    Hello there,
    I am using the same Windows but it’s working perfectly fine for me. Can you verify no other app is forcing mouse movement? You can check by closing all apps and try again.

  31. Laser_Beam

    Thanks. I tried disabling all apps and background processes (the same I was using in previous Windows versions – no apps that force mouse movements), no change. I then tried Safe Mode and it worked. Maybe some Windows 10 driver/component doesn’t play nice?

  32. Paras Sidhu

    Maybe Yes πŸ™‚

  33. Paras Sidhu

    Since it’s working in my pc, I assume some app/program/driver is causing it not to work. One thing we can check if in your Power Options, “Turn off the display” should be set to some minutes but not “Never”.

  34. Laser_Beam

    It’s set to 15 minutes. Maybe I can find out what’s going on by checking the Event Viewer or some sort of logging? Took a brief look at the EV but didn’t find anything.

  35. lisandrocarmona

    Thanks. Waiting for that πŸ™‚

  36. Laser_Beam

    Problem finally detected, it’s a buggy Windows 10 USB game controller driver possibly. Disabling or unplugging the joystick solves it (other users reported this, too).

  37. mirko

    It doesn’t work on my Surface PRO 3.. It puts my pc on sleep mode..stopping for example the music from Youtube..

  38. Mick

    I have a whole collection of them and none work for me, the screen just comes back after a few sec, both on win 8.1 and now also on win 10. The only thing that works is screen off version 1.0, but then it doesn’t really turn the screen off, just blackens it out.

  39. LarryDavis24

    The util works well on Win 10, but creates a fresh copy in memory everytime it is run. It seems to me that the program should check if it is already running and just jump back in without creating a new copy.

  40. Paras Sidhu

    That would be helpful for other users too πŸ˜‰

  41. Paras Sidhu

    There is a setting in Windows 10 which is preventing ScreenOff to work properly. Can you please open Settings->Accounts->Sign-in options and select “Never” under “Require sign-in”?

    When this setting is set to “When PC wakes up from sleep”, ScreenOff put Windows in lock mode.

  42. Paras Sidhu

    What’s happening when you use ScreenOff 1.1? Any problems?

  43. Paras Sidhu

    Yup, noticed this behaviour some days ago but working now properly on my PC. A fix is on its way πŸ™‚

  44. mirko

    still not working.. πŸ™

  45. Mick

    Like I said it lets the screen go off for a couple of seconds, only for it to come back on again, while the previous version works well just by dimming out the screen.

  46. Paras Sidhu

    Ok. So each time the interval for which screen remains blank is same or not? Can you try running Windows in Safe Modr? As you can read some comments above, some incompatible drivers may force mouse movement resulting in turning screen on.

  47. Paras Sidhu

    Can you try running ScreenOff in Safe Mode? If it’s working.

  48. mirko

    Still not working…

  49. David Webb

    Really useful tool. Only problem I can find is that it is over sensitive. It would be very helpful to have a 2 – 3 second delay after turning the screen off, before the software reads any further mouse / keyboard input.

  50. preety cool!

    Awesome! But I keep loosing my keyboard shortcut key everytime I restart the PC, don’t know why…

  51. michaeldare

    Interesting program but does not solve my specific problem. I have a laptop connected to a large screen. I wish to turn off the screen of the laptop while keeping on the big screen, which is connected by a standard HDMI cord. When I use your program, the big screen loses the signal too. Any way around this?

  52. sutton

    Nice, I tried it on win10 32bit, works and the same memory issue. I was using wizmo for similar purpose. I am looking for a way to turn display on via telnet (radmin remote control only works when display on).

  53. Simon Godwin

    This has permanently disabled my laptop screen, i am having to type this via the hdmi out. How do i manually turn my display back on?

  54. listen ked

    Windows key + P > Second Screen Only

  55. Josh

    works great.but i am concerned that every time i use this button there is a process created named “screenoff” in the task manager.if i use it for 10times 10 processes are created. screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/CrwqTvh.png is that ok?

  56. Josh

    works great.but i am concerned that every time i use this button there is a process created named “screenoff” in the task manager.if i use it for 10times 10 processes are created. is that ok?

  57. LarryD

    We are waiting for the fix to appear. Paras said it would come in the next update.

  58. Alberto Gorin

    thank you i download it save the link to the 75 freeware

  59. Paras Sidhu

    Screenoff 2.0 has been released and it should solve problem of multiple processes. Please update to the latest version.

  60. LarryDavis24

    Not having any luck with the 2,0 release. It works the first time run, but subsequent runs have no effect. I am on a Win 10 64-bit system. I noticed after running it remains in memory. If I kill it, it run will okay the next time, but a second run still does not work. Seems like the program should terminate itself after running so it is ready for another screen-off. Not sure it would need to remain in memory after turning off the screen (unless it is using some type of active process to keep the screen off). If the program has nothing more to do after screen-off it should just terminate. I also tried it using a shortcut with Win 8 compatibility, but still no good.

  61. Paras Sidhu

    Hi,

    That’s not a good thing to hear. Can you test ScreenOff for me? If so, please contact me at: sidhuparas1234 at gmail dot com. I will send you a build.

  62. Andrew Jensen

    Hello, everyone,

    I have an Asus All-in-one computer running Windows 10 Home 64bit. I’ve been using screenoff to turn-off my all-in-one display, while keeping the rest of the computer’s applications awake and active, in the background.

    I’m running the newest screenoff 2 and there is a problem. The problem is, that after I run screenoff 2, it remains active in Task Manager. If I open a folder, of Windows program, it activates screenoff 2. When I touch the screen, move the mouse, or touch the keyboard, to turn the screen back on, screenoff is no longer in my Task Manager, so running a windows program does clear the program task, however, if I don’t run a Windows program, after using screenoff 2, it remains in my task manager, now allowing me to run screenoff 2 a second time, until it is cleared from my task manager.

    Simply put, even after running screenoff 2, and turning the display back on, it is not cleared from my background processes. It didn’t used to do this, when I had windows 8.1, and it didn’t even used to do this, in Windows 10, until today.

    I have noticed similar issues, being discussed, in this forum, but all indications pointed towards screenoff 2 resolving this issue. I do have the most recent version of screenoff 2 and the issue has not been resolved. The version I have, appears to be from September 21st and the text file is from October 7th. It is now October 20th, as I’m sitting-here, writing this.

    I will say, its a great program, and I do hope, you’re able to resolve this issue, or provide a solution.

  63. Fallen

    bs. v2 at least, puts my windows 10 tablet to sleep…

  64. Fallen

    i came here to find something to turn my screen off on my windows 10 tablet. this program does not do what it says, at least not v2. it puts it to sleep like it says it doesnt do. i came to the comments to see if anyone else had something that works and does what this program says it does.

  65. xkillerx

    did you try windows + P.and choose second screen only

  66. franciscoM

    hello Paras..
    thanks a lot for your help..

    I have one question.. working on a HP tablet with windows 8… I’ve downloded the two versions of screenoff but when I’m watching a youtube video I can’t listen the souND anymore.. is there a way to resolve this problem?’??
    best wishes…
    thanks a lot for your help

  67. compugor

    Using ScreenOff 2 with Windows 10 it works great but the process “ScreenOff 2.exe” stays resident after each use, which prevents it from being used again until the task is ended. I wrote a batch file to implement the taskkill command as a workaround. Would be nice if it unloaded automatically. Great program, thanks.

  68. Um, still a screen saver...

    When I turn my monitor off at my desktop, I don’t need to put my password in when I turn it back on. But when I use ScreenOff on my laptop, I have to put my password in. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about programming, but here’s what I think is happening.
    Based on this program’s history, it seems that rather than turning off the screen, it used to activate a black screen saver (which I think is totally pointless unless you have a CRT display for your laptop) rather than actually turn off the display. Usually, people set there computers to lock if the screen saver comes on, right? Well, now it’s actually turning the screen off, but I think it’s still got that “just a screen saver” DNA in it’s code. When I tried ScreenOff, it behaved like a desktop that had gone to the screen saver and automatically shut off the monitor, because I had to input my password when I woke it back up.
    Isn’t there a way to turn off the laptop display without going thru a screen saver?

  69. Um, still a screen saver...

    Oh, and it seems that it is possible to turn off the screen and nothing else. I went to the power settings, and I told my laptop to “Do nothing” when I close the lid. I saved the setting, closed the lid (open just a crack so I could see the screen), and, as expected, nothing happened. However, it did turn off the display. When I reopened it, it came right back to where I was without asking me for my password. It behaved as if I had turned off my monitor at my desktop then turned it back on, which is what I was hoping for from this program. If this program could “trick” the laptop into thinking it’s closed without tripping whatever the power settings tell it to do when closed, then I think it would work the way it’s intended to. Unless users are willing to change their power settings so that closing the lid will “Do nothing”, it needs to be programmed to bypass those settings.

    In the meantime, for those of you who want to play music with the screen turned off, I guess you’ll need to change the power settings like I did and hook up external speakers.

  70. Jun Hyeon Mun

    It doesn’t work. Running Windows 10 on Dell XPS 13.

  71. fred

    I cant make this work more than once on windows 10. It runs. Never runs again! Its there in task manager, so I can kill it there, then run again. Does not seem useful this way. Very promising.
    (Stupid Disqus covers half the screen with idiotic self promotions and facebook rubbish. When will they grow up..)

  72. fred

    Same here. Pretty useless when it only runs once… I’d love to see this fixed.

  73. Paras Sidhu

    Hi everyone,
    Sorry to hear about the problems you are facing. I am looking for possible solutions to rectify the issues.

  74. Peter Brawley

    screenoff 2.exe does not work on Windows 10 version 1511 (10586.71)

  75. Vishnu Sankar

    Brilliantly simple and useful. Thank you Paras and Anand for making this free for all! (Y)
    Using this on Win 10. Would be great if it would kill the existing executable when running again as it doesnt work otherwise – right now I do it manually.

  76. Peter Alexander London

    Unless there is an option to turn on the screen only with mouse or key click, no mouse move, I will stick to nircmd as mentioned bu Just_Saying
    But I download it and give it a try
    greetings

  77. Peter Alexander London

    I just tried it
    It responds on mouse move
    So it’s not better than nircmd
    I’m looking for a solution where it responds on mouse click and/or key click,
    any ideas?!

  78. Peter Alexander London

    that’s just what I’m looking for as mentioned in my upper post
    I use nircmd now, works good

  79. Peter Alexander London

    Then you make me proud of you πŸ™‚

  80. Peter Alexander London

    I’m running Win 10 latest build on HP pavilion g7
    app works, no issues except it reacts on any mouse move, I prefer it should only react on mouseclick / key stroke

  81. kampra

    It is working … Thank you so much

  82. shus

    isn’t there a shortcut key combination to do so?

  83. shus

    does dell inspiron 5558 has this feature?

  84. Yerbol

    Hi, I think NIR CMD is putting the pc to sleep. While it goes to sleep after a while in my case.
    I will try your app tomorrow, thanks a lot!

  85. Marko

    You can set a keyboard shortcut for every shortcut in Windows. Basically, create a shortcut of “ScreenOff 2.exe”, then go to shortcut properties and then to Shortcut tab. You’ll find Shortcut key there.

  86. Marko

    Is there a way to start Screen Off from Windows 10 Lock Screen? I want to turn the screen of when I lock my laptop without putting the laptop to sleep, hibernating it or setting the screen to automatically turn itself off after some time.

  87. Yerbol

    Hi, I have a Minix Z64W Windows 10 32 bit. It has no ACPI and the PC turns off the screen, and then it goes to sleep, seems like hibernation (despite i turned it off).

    Seems like in my case the mini PC not just turns off the screen, but also goes to sleep.

    Then, it is not possible to wake it up. I tried to schedule wake up, WSOB, schedule restart, Nircmd to put to sleep. Nothing helps.

    Any ideas? Please help πŸ™‚

  88. mobed

    Thanks for this tool. It works (and reworks!) perfectly in Windows 10. All the negatives mentioned in these posts seem to have been resolved in the latest version.

  89. Benjamin Lau

    This simple app works so well; it really should be in the Windows Store! In the Need To Read.txt in the zip folder “fices” is the wrong spelling. It should be “ScreenOff v2 fixes some bugs” or “ScreenOff v2 has fixed some bugs”.

  90. Hand41

    The program only works once for me. After every start I have to force stop it with te taskmanager, else nothing would happen on start.
    I wrote a little cmd command to fix it, but i cant put that command in my taskbar.

  91. Trond Larsen

    Thanks for providing this. πŸ™‚ Appreciated!!

  92. mythoughts

    Sadly enough, I tried ScreenOff 2, TurnOffLCD2.0.1 and nircmdc and none of them deliver what is promised. I use Win 8.1 on my Dell Latitude. Screen off should just be screen off and not screen off + Lock computer.

  93. Khairul Islam

    You can do it without software. From the Control Panel, you can adjust the settings so that either the power button causes the screen to turn off, or that closing the lid causes nothing to happen (except, of course, turning off the display).

    As for Sleep and Hibernate, they would continue to be available via the Start menu.

  94. ddo

    How can I turn my screen off in a way that it stays off while I wirte on the keyboard?

    The text I write should be saved. I love to write on a black screen, it
    makes my mind more free and it’s more relaxing to my eyes.

    With my old medion laptop I had the hotkey β€œfn + f11”, now on my new Thinkpad I miss this function a lot!

    I only found software that turns the screen off, but it resumes after
    pressing any key. I need a software that resumes the screen only after
    pressing the hotkey-kombination.

    Does anyone have any solutions?

    Thank you very much!!

  95. goldenseal50

    omg, thanks! I have an all in one desktop and I was really irritated by not being able to turn the screen off to download at night.

  96. This turns off both of my displays, my laptop screen & my 2nd monitor, is there anyway just to turn off my laptop & keep my external monitor on?

  97. ludashing

    ScreenOff you can
    Increase the ESC button
    Thank you

  98. ludashing

    ESC Release the key

  99. Stephen Morrison

    Great solution. Works fine on my MSI GT80 Titan laptop. BUT……I don’t seem to be able to assign a hotkey for it. When I go to the properties of the program there is no option to assign a hotkey. I ask about this because when I click on the program icon the display shuts off fine, but the slightest movement of my mouse turns the display back on. Yes, this is what it’s supposed to do, but there are situations where (for me) this happens inadvertently, possibly when I am away from the computer and don’t realize that the screen has turned back on. I have tried to turn off the mouse after I have turned off the screen, but doing so turns the screen back on. If I could use a hotkey I could turn off the mouse first, use the hotkey and avoid this problem. I don’t know if it matters, but I am running Windows 8.1. thanks in advance for any help or suggestions provided.

  100. Clayton Yoon

    Hello, sorry if the question seems very elementary, but after unzipping Scrof.zip, are we suppose to move the “Scorf” folder or the “ScreenOff 2” folder inside it to Program Files? Or does it not make a difference. Thanks!

  101. It does not make a difference, but move the ScreenOff 2 folder.

  102. Marshall Gatten

    I downloaded and installed it tonight and am seeing the same behavior as several comments here. The first run does exactly what I need done, but then I have to go to the task manager and kill the process manually if I want to do it again. Any chance of a fix for this?

  103. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it and give it a try.

  104. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it and give it a try

  105. Marshall Gatten

    Fixed! Thank you!

  106. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it and give it a try.

  107. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it and give it a try

  108. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it and give it a try.

  109. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it and give it a try

  110. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it and give it a try.

  111. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,
    We have released version 2.1 to fix this behaviour. Please download it.

  112. Paras Sidhu

    Hello,

    We have released version 2.1 to fix it. Please download it and give it a try.

  113. It works now!
    Thanks

    realy cool program!

  114. Lily

    Zone Alarm is telling me that ScreenOff 2 is trying to connect to the internet! I did not allow it to connect to the internet so it does not work when I click on it now. Why would it want to connect to the internet? Its job is to turn off the screen, not to connect to the internet??????

  115. Paras Sidhu

    ScreenOff 2.1 doesn’t require internet to work. Maybe your antivirus is blocking its work. Does it work when you allow it internet access? Try to stop your Antivirus temporarily and turn internet off, this should work and remove any possibility of interference of AV.

  116. vision8 tech

    ScreenOff 2.1 is a great tool. However, in my case it behaves the same: the monitors are turned off for some time (less than a minute) and then the screens get bak on. If I turn off my wireless mouse, then the screens stay off.

    Can you make it to ignore any mouse move, please?
    Thank you.

  117. Mastersgt

    soo… is there a way to fix it so that when I use this on my Win 10 laptop, it does not sign me out? I use it, screen goes black, yay. I move the mouse, it asks me to sign in…. shouldn’t it just be on my desktop (or wherever I last was) still.

  118. Stefan Pichler

    If I execute this in Windows 10 I get logged out…

  119. Justin Rosinski

    Is there a way to allow the screen to turn off while still playing music? I would like to be able to listen to music with the screen off, but I am not able to do that with ScreenOff v 2.1. Otherwise, if I have nothing running, it works great. I am running Windows 10. Is there a way to allow an exception in the utility to run music without turning the screen back on?

  120. Satish Vadlamani

    Hello. I just tried to use this on my laptop. The screen would go black for a few seconds and it would come back again. Sorry to say but it does not seem to be working on a Windows 10 / Lenovo Thinkpad machine.
    Satish

  121. fashion fitness

    Many thanks to Paras for this beautiful tool – I had to face a long power cut once , and this tool helped me to conserve the laptop battery , As major battery power is consumed by Screen light source..this tool helped me to extend my battery for good 5hrs……………. Good Job Paras , This tool is much needed . MS must include this in their OS .. THANKS a TON… U are a genius

  122. guest

    It does ask for .Net Framework 4

  123. Claude Whitmyer

    Sometimes it “gets stuck.” In Windows, use Taskmanager to locate the file and close it. Then click on the icon again and it works fine.

  124. Jenny Denton

    what a great club. I’m new to 10 and miss some of the features of 7, 10 is a pest. Does anyone know is it possible to restore that wonderful 7 feature which automatically added a number to a filename to rename it when there was already a file of the same name in the folder? Thanks

  125. This is good, wish it had options for what turns it back on though like a click or a specific key press, mouse move is a little too easy to trigger for me

  126. Hi, are you still working on this project? There seems to be a problem on this Acer Alpha Switch 12. It works fine for the first 5 seconds before switching back on. I thought it was because I was playing audio while turning the screen off but no, I turned everything off and tested the file. Still turns on on it’s own. Hoping you can address this problem. Thanks!

  127. C

    Works well on my machine, thanks a lot for this little nugget, I apprieciate it πŸ™‚

  128. Skeleth

    “Desktop users can turn off their monitor screens with the button provided.”
    What button? nothing in this post indicates the said button or where it is.
    Not even Microsoft tech support knows what you’re on about.

    At least have some experience with desktop computers before making crap up.

  129. Afras

    Easiest way. Thanks

  130. Paras, this fixed my problem, but the problem had started after two+ years of “require sign-in” being set. I’ve had it set that way since I got the laptop and it’s always worked until recently.

    The problem is that the screen goes blank, but immediately turns back on to the lock screen image. It does NOT require a password, though. Just hit a key or the mouse and it’s back to work.

    I like using the password when it wakes up from actual sleep, so hopefully there’s a fix. Nothing has changed in quite a while on this computer.

  131. In Settings>Account, change your Require Sign-In option to “Never” and it should work.

  132. I’ve used this on my HP Spectre from Day 2!

    On Day 1 I was still hoping my HP had a button to turn off the screen πŸ˜‰

  133. Vasco Correia

    You can pin it to the task bar and then press windows key + position of the icon, let’s say win key

    +1 if it’s the leftmost button and it’ll do the trick

  134. aceplum3@gmail.com

    Hi, thanks for your product in the first place, is there any way to create an special way to turn on the monitor (hotkey for example) ? the reason is because I m leaving a auto clicker on the background running (clicking every 5 seconds) while the monitor is black but your app turns automatically once sense a new click. Thanks, I use win 7

  135. Jim Grossnickle

    Screen off starts perfectly then 10 seconds later the screen comes back on. Win 7 cordless mouse. I read some mice mess with app. Is there anything else I can check or fix I LOVE the concept…Jim

  136. Michel CΓ΄tΓ©

    Hi, My PC used to turn off my screens as intended then move the mouse to turn them back on also as intended. But now when trying to turn the screens of they’ll turn to black for a second and then back on. The led light indicators on each screens do not switch from “on” to “idle” (i.e. blue to amber in the case of my LG screen). Could the cause of this change be a Win10 update?

  137. andrew fincke

    I downloaded Screen Saver 2, and it worked fine for a week. Now the screen shuts off after a few minutes of nonuse.

  138. Paras Sidhu

    Quite possibly there’s some issue with your Windows settings. Check your “Put computer to sleep” timeout setting. Does it sign you out or just sleep the PC? Former results in a data loss while the latter doesn’t.

  139. Vincent Thilbaut

    Hello! How can I keep my laptop screen off while still working on it with a screen-reader?

  140. Vincent Thilbaut

    Hi, me again.

    To use computers, blind people use screen-readers, and refreshable braille displays. They have no need for a screen. However, on laptops, blind people can’t switch the screens off and keep them off while using their laptops normally.

    What do you think about adding a new feature into your ScreenOff app? An option to keep the screen off even if the laptop’s being used normally so blind people can have longer lasting laptop batteries?

  141. Paras Sidhu

    Really a great feature. The problem is there are no reliable APIs by Microsoft to turn off the screen, specially when user is using his/her PC. I’m digging into the available options and will let you know if something like this is possible or not in near future.

  142. Vincent Thilbaut

    Thanks for your answer.

  143. Sin

    DOESN’T work on windows 10. Screen turns back on 2 seconds later.

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