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Turn Off your monitor using shortcut from desktop

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There’s an option in Windows XP power management that allows you to set a period of time, after which your monitor will be turned off. (which is more like Standby given that a shake of the mouse will awaken it).
Here is a way  about creating a shortcut that will allow you to do the same?

OK you can have two ways to do this

1.Use this widget for Yahoo! Widgets Engine OR Konfubulator

2.Another way is to download a standalone program that is built for this

Check out the page
1. Download the ZIP file (link is at the end of that page).
2. Extract it to a temp folder.
3. Run nircmd.exe file.
4. Click “Copy to Windows directory”, click Yes.
5. Now, right-click desktop (or inside any folder like Start Menu, Programs, Quick Launch) and select New>Shortcut.
6. Enter “nircmd monitor off” or “nircmd monitor low” (no quotes please) (I don’t know the difference between them. Experiment.).
7. Click Next, and enter “Turn Off Screen” or anything you like as shortcut name. (no quotes). Click Finish.
8. Right-click the shortcut you created, and click “Properties”. Click “Change Icon”
9. If a message “The file %windir%\nircmd.exe contains no icons.” (or similar) appears, click OK.
10. Choose a nice icon (In WinXP, I use the “blue power icon” of shell32.dll file).
11. Click OK. Click OK again.
12. Try out the new shortcut to get a feel of it!


Written by SA

October 21, 2006 at 7:36 PM

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  1. thanks a lot for the guide…hehe…


    June 17, 2007 at 5:49 AM

  2. Or just use this one:

    .exe files that does the same.
    (no virus! – I’ve tryed it)


    July 4, 2007 at 6:36 PM

  3. Nice tip!


    July 18, 2007 at 7:12 PM

  4. […] readings: 1 […]

  5. Better than Koding’s MonOff because there’s no command prompt window.
    It’s smooth.


    September 27, 2007 at 7:56 AM

  6. Perfect! Thank you!

    Chris Canfield

    October 17, 2007 at 4:04 AM

  7. nice one. thank you. just what i needed.


    October 30, 2007 at 8:40 PM

  8. Thanks,
    I’ve noticed on my notebook that ‘monitor off’ shortcut only turns off light on lcd screen, image is still visible under the right angle, but ‘monitor low’ completely turns off screen.

    January 17, 2008 at 12:50 PM

  9. shareware for the job at


    March 12, 2008 at 6:22 AM

  10. I’m a programmer and I knew how to do this, so I’d rather make the program myself :)

    Thanks for the idea anyway, and for this topic, I do recommend this nifcmd.exe
    To the programmers out there, Keep it simple guys.

    Cheers to all, and happy computing


    March 28, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    • Hi,

      I’ve found several things that are able to turn off the display, but the display comes back on in a short while without mouse or keyboard activity. Is there some way I can get it to stay off and come back only on a keystroke, no other way?



      December 2, 2009 at 4:24 AM

    • Jude…


      November 27, 2011 at 7:11 AM

  11. nice work :)


    July 18, 2008 at 10:04 PM

  12. thank you so much


    November 13, 2008 at 12:18 PM

  13. Nice technique! One strange behavior though. There appears to be a 1 minute interval between using the command once and then using it again. If you try to use the command again before 1 minute has passed from turning the screen back on, the screen goes black for a second and then turns right back on again. If you wait more than 1 minute, it works again just fine. Odd.


    December 15, 2008 at 1:16 AM

  14. Really cool. I use it in conjunction with Launchy so I can just hit Alt-Spacebar and type “monitor”. Gotta love that.


    December 17, 2008 at 8:23 AM

  15. Great work

    it’s work with vista


    Hussain Sajwani

    December 21, 2008 at 9:59 PM

  16. I’ve written an open source project, MonitorOff, hosted at It’s a plenty small (26K) exe.


    January 20, 2009 at 2:48 AM

  17. Cool…


    February 18, 2009 at 8:51 AM

  18. hm. good one )


    April 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM

  19. thank you very much, very useful.


    April 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

  20. I added a wait command to be able to use “Shortcut key” to initiate the command.
    “%windir%\nircmd.exe cmdwait 1000 monitor off”

    Jon Boo

    April 26, 2009 at 12:44 AM

  21. Somebody please figure out a way to keep it off! It’s really great that you all can write scores of different programs to do the same thing, but none of them keeps my display off for more than a couple minutes! Can’t it be restricted in what can turn the display back on? Can I decide the stimulus on which I want the display to come back on?


    December 2, 2009 at 4:34 AM

  22. Works great for my needs. Thanks.


    December 10, 2009 at 12:38 AM

  23. Oh..It’s superb..really. I’ve worked as instructed but can’t find it’s mechanism.But it’s really works. thanx a lot


    January 28, 2010 at 11:23 PM

  24. great help. works greate with windows 7!


    October 20, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    • Thanks for the guide works like a charm.

      PS:I put a shortcut key (Num-) and also make it hidden. So not a CTRL ALT hotkey or a shortcut to fill desktop space…


      February 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

  25. how turn your screen back on?

    dfqsdf qss

    March 9, 2011 at 2:09 AM

  26. Thanks for the tip! I love this program. My windows XP is getting a little crappy and I need to refresh or rest my screen every once in a while. So I use the command to set the screen in a certain resolution. I then actually RE-set in my original resolution in stead of another (like 800×600 24bit) et voilla, I’ve refreshed my screen and the display artifacs are gone :).


    April 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

  27. Hi there to all, the contents existing at this site are actually remarkable for people experience, well, keep
    up the good work fellows.


    September 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

  28. on-board equipment does it:
    %windir%\explorer.exe C:\Windows\System32\scrnsave.scr
    on cmd.exe or create a shortcut …


    September 2, 2015 at 1:08 PM

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