Windows 10: toggle screen on/off

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  1.    15 May 2016 #1

    toggle screen on/off


    Hi,

    I am using a Dell inspiron 15 5555.

    Is there any way I can flip my screen on/off with a single key? I don't wont to "sleep" the laptop, just Hide my screen info (and Show again). Like when someone is looking over my shoulder or something... Any ideas???

    Thanks
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  2.    15 May 2016 #2

    Do you have a Fn key combination? Your laptop may have this built in. Ok, that's 2 keys.

    Failing that you can assign a shortcut and hence a hotkey to the shortcut to nircmd (freeware) - just search for it- which amongst its many functions has screen off (or similar).

    You could also use virtual desktops, but I seem to recall it's a 3 key combination to switch desktops.
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    Windows X (various flavours)
       15 May 2016 #3

    I second that last suggestion. just hit Ctrl+Win+ right arrow key. You would have to press at least two keys anyway for shortcut.
    Or why not just Win+D key?
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  4.    15 May 2016 #4

    Yeh, the Win+D works fine. Still I would prefer a single key if pos, maybe the second option needs looking into..
    anyway thanks...
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  5.    16 May 2016 #5

    By creating your own shortcut as I suggested you can do that..
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  6.    16 May 2016 #6

    looked at this, but seems limited to "Cntl+Alt+F12". which is not what i want.. (unless i'm missing something)!!
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  7.    16 May 2016 #7

    This one.
    Failing that you can assign a shortcut and hence a hotkey to the shortcut to nircmd (freeware) - just search for it- which amongst its many functions has screen off (or similar).

    I used to use this on my old laptop. When you create a shortcut, you can assign it a hotkey.

    Your PC does not appear to have a built-in key combo to do this:
    Dell Inspiron 15 (5555, Early 2015) Inspiron 15 5555 Quick Start Guide (1282 kb)
    Last edited by dalchina; 16 May 2016 at 03:34.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       16 May 2016 #8

    billt4g said: View Post
    Hi,

    I am using a Dell inspiron 15 5555.

    Is there any way I can flip my screen on/off with a single key? I don't wont to "sleep" the laptop, just Hide my screen info (and Show again). Like when someone is looking over my shoulder or something... Any ideas???

    Thanks
    Hello Bill,

    This should work in Windows 10 as well.

    Turn Off Display - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows
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  9.    16 May 2016 #9

    Hi Brink,

    Thanks for your suggestions, however I'm not sure that adding to the "Desktop Context Menu " is the solution I'm after. I mean, if I need to first open a menu and then choose an option, then I might as well just close whatever window I'm in.

    My ideal would be a simple "one push" option. to hide/show the screen (regardless of content).

    Bill
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       16 May 2016 #10

    If you like, you could just create a .bat file to run the same command used in the .reg file instead. This way you could keep the .bat file on your desktop to run as you like.

    You would still need to do at least steps 2a-2d for NirCmd though.
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