If you often find yourself working with an external monitor connected to your laptop, you may want to consider disabling your laptop’s screen to save power and increase your productivity. While you can always just close your laptop’s lid when you’re not using it, this isn’t always convenient, especially if you’re using a docking station or if you need to access your laptop’s keyboard and trackpad. Fortunately, Windows 10 makes it easy to disable your laptop’s screen, and in this article, we’ll show you how.
To disable your laptop’s screen, you first need to open the Power Options control panel. To do this, you can just search for “power options” in the Start Menu. Once you’re in the Power Options control panel, click on the Choose what the power buttons do link on the left side.
On the next screen, click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link at the top. This will allow you to change the power button settings, which we need to do in order to disable the laptop’s screen.
Scroll down to the Shutdown settings section and find the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option. By default, this option is turned on, but we need to turn it off in order to disable the laptop’s screen. Just uncheck the box next to this option and click the Save changes button.
Now that we’ve turned off fast startup, we can finally disable the laptop’s screen. To do this, just open the Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options. On the Power Options control panel, click on the Edit Plan Settings link next to the power plan that you’re currently using.
On the next screen, find the Turn off the display option and change it to Never. This will prevent your laptop’s screen from turning off when you’re using an external monitor. Once you’ve made this change, click on the Save changes button and you’re all set!
If you ever need to enable your laptop’s screen again, just follow the same steps and change the Turn off the display setting back to its original value. We hope this article has helped you disable your laptop’s screen when using an external monitor on Windows 10.