Switch off Monitor from the Windows taskbar with Dark

There may be times when you may want to quickly turn off your computer monitor. Dark is a small free open source app, that will allow you to turn off your laptop screen or desktop monitor from the Windows taskbar.

Dark is a tiny open source .NET application which allows you to turn off your laptop or desktop computer monitor by double clicking a Notify Icon.

This tool is pretty simple to use. Run the executable file, and you will see it sitting in the system tray. To stich off the monitor, all you need to do is double-click the icon and you will be able the results.

It has been developed by my MVP colleague Shoban who has also developed TweetMyPC and Gtalk Autoreply applications.

Dark free download

You can download it from its home page.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. That’s a very useful utility. helps in saving power.
    I just found a bug in the utility. you can run as many as instances you want. each double click on the icon starts a new instance of the application.

    check the screenshot.

  2. Shoban

    Hi Nitin

    Thanks for the comments. This is the default option which I didn’t change while developing. Thanks for pointing it out. I will update the app soon 🙂


  3. iwjy

    I hope I’m the winner

  4. Jeremy

    Any update yet? I’d also like to request the option to use a single click on the taskbar icon. Thanks!

  5. Jeremy

    I’ve played with this some more – see my comments below:

    Could you possible look at these changes…?

    1. Menu choice to turn off the monitor with a single click.
    2. Option at the end of the installation to ‘Start Dark’ – as there’s no ‘Program Group’ created, the user has to hunt for the executable to start the program.
    3. BUG found – On restarting my PC, Dark starts automatically and the entry is in Startup (all correct), although when I right click on the tray icon it says ‘Start with Windows’, rather than ‘Do not start with Windows’. It seems to ‘forget’ that auto-start has been selected already.


  6. Shoban

    Hi Jeremy

    Thanks for the comments. I was bit tied up and couldn’t release the II version. Will do it. Soon.

    Will post a comment here as well.


  7. Jeremy

    Thanks Shoban. I’ll look out for it on Codeplex…

    Useful little tool…

  8. Jeremy

    Any news on the new version yet Shoban? Your 2 weeks is up 😉

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