Turn Off Windows 7 Display to Increase Monitor Life

While working on computers there might be times when users might leave their computers running and get engaged with some other tasks. When this happens, monitor screens automatically get dim after some time and the display of the monitors completely turn off if the operating systems detect no users’ interaction for a specific amount of time. This is the default configuration in almost all Microsoft operating systems and is integrated in order to reduce power consumption and increase the lives of the monitors.

As a default configuration, the display dims after 5 minutes if Windows 7 does not detect any interaction from user’s end and it completely turns off the display after 10 minutes. This default configuration, under normal circumstances, is quite fine for both production and home environments whereas if users want they can customize the settings and can increase or decrease the time after which the display dims. Users can also increase or decrease the time after which the display completely turns off, hence saving a decent amount power when the computer systems are not in use.

Modifying dim time and the time after when the monitor display turns off is user specific configuration and therefore no administrative privileges are required to perform the task. If any configurations are made in one user account, the configurations remain effective for that particular user account only and no other user account get affected with the settings. However if administrators want they can create a custom power plan that has customized settings. Newly created power plan can then be used by multiple users who share a common computer and can modify the settings according to their preferences. Whatsoever the case may be, this configuration and setting totally depends on users’ personal choices in both home computers and production environments. Bottom line, in any case, still remains the same that if display is turned off while monitor is not in use, the lives of the monitors are remarkably increased.

Turning off Monitor Display

Users must follow the steps given below to specify the time after which monitor display automatically turns off if Windows 7 does not detect user interaction during that period:

  1. Log on to Windows 7 computer.
  2. On the desktop screen, right click anywhere and from the context menu click Personalize.
  3. On the opened window, in the left bar, click Display option.
  4. On the next window, from the left bar, click Adjust brightness.
  5. On the appeared window, click Change plan settings under the selected power plan.
  6. On Change settings for the plan window, click to select the appropriate time duration from the available drop-down list opposite to Turn off the display label.

    Turn Off Display

  7. Let Windows 7 manage Dim the display time duration automatically, and once done, click Save changes button.
  8. Finally close all the opened windows and if required log off from the user account and log back in to experience the modified settings.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.