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Windows 7: Shortcut to turning off 1 monitor in dual set up

20 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Shortcut to turning off 1 monitor in dual set up

This may be a bit confusing, so I'll try and explain it as good as possible.

I have a dual monitor set up, but when I play games like Crysis, it's nice to not be sending data to the second monitor and eating up my video card resources. So what I usually do is right click, go to the Nvidia control panel, and turn off the secondary monitor.

I'm curious if there's a way I can make a command or shortcut to click or bind keys to, that will turn the second monitor off and on when I'm playing.

I know programs exist that you can create a shortcut to (and bind keys to) that will turn off your monitors, but I need one that will only shut off the secondary, and not the primary monitor.

Is this fairly easy (I'm fairly adept with basic programming), or would it require some serious programming skills and creating my own programs?

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20 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Suburban Atlas,

Would just turning off/on the monitor by using the monitors power button itself work for this? If there's no power to the monitor, the graphics will not send anything to it.
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21 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Don't forget about the Win+P shortcut for choosing how to use the extra monitor. It can be Computer Only, Duplicate, Extend, or Projector Only. Set it to Computer Only and the other screen should be blank.
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