Turn off the monitor with a shortcut

Martin Brinkmann
May 26, 2008
Updated • Jan 5, 2013

Desktop users will probably question why someone would need a shortcut to turn off the monitor when the button to switch it off is just a few inches away. It does not really make much sense to turn off the monitor with a shortcut if you can reach the power button of the monitor from your seat. However it does make sense in other situations.

Notebook users normally do not have a power button for the monitor and that's probably the main application for the shortcut to turn off the monitor. It might also be useful for users with old huge CRT monitors that have the power switch on their back.

I have tried several programs that can be used to turn the monitor off on a system and only one was working perfectly on my Samsung 19" LCD monitor. I tried NirCmd which worked fine during the first test but not in consecutive ones. The monitor turned off in the first test but all other tests had the result that the monitor turned automatically on again after pressing the shortcut.

It could be related to my system though. The application that did the trick for me is called Wizmo. It's a small command line utility that provides a multitude of features, among them the option to turn off the monitor with a shortcut.

The command to turn off the monitor is wizmo.exe monoff. The easiest way to create the shortcut is to right-click wizmo.exe and to select Create Shortcut from the menu. Right-click the new shortcut afterwards and select Properties from that menu.

The Target parameter should contain the path to the executable on your system. Add -monoff after that path so that you get ..wizmo.exe -monoff

Now move the shortcut to your desktop or any other location that you want it to be. Double-click the shortcut to test it. The monitor should turn off. It takes a few seconds depending on the type of monitor that you have. My Samsung LCD monitor is seeking for connections on the other monitor ports for a while before the monitor is finally turned off.


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  2. Kakynologyst said on April 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Nice hack,

    I use windows sidebar gadget to hide the shortcut icon ;)

  3. paulo ferreira said on November 6, 2009 at 11:13 am

    superb! it works even on Windows 7!
    Thanks a lot!
    I customized a shortcurt for my remote control turn off the monitor

  4. WizmoLover said on October 17, 2009 at 4:19 am

    I heart Wizmo!

  5. Dan said on January 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Open source “Monitor Off” with exe only 26 KB. https://sourceforge.net/projects/monitoroff/. Does one thing and does it well.

    1. Bh_Di said on June 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Hey Dan, that really is a cool and great application!! Many thanks old chap! Works great even on Win7!!! Fantastic!! :-)

  6. Anonymous said on January 17, 2009 at 3:11 am

    for that error it should be written like that;

    “C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\wizmo.exe” -monoff

    always after the ” no before

  7. Anonymous said on January 17, 2009 at 3:07 am

    “the name is not valid. make sure that path and file name are correct”

  8. adam said on January 5, 2009 at 11:18 am

    excellent find, works perfect on vista

  9. nestster007x said on October 22, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Very useful for a laptop! However, if I touch the mouse while monitor’s off, monitor cuts on/off w/in half second over and over, until finally stays on. Have to make sure to use keyboard only to resume from monitor off.

    Glad it’s just a tiny tool, rather than a large unnecessary program.


  10. macksters said on October 4, 2008 at 9:08 am

    wizmo rocks!

  11. Levi -DJ sarXes- said on June 20, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    It works great.Thankx

  12. vikrant said on May 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Shareware to Monitor Off using variety of options

  13. YK said on May 28, 2008 at 11:42 am

    What an awesome application this Wizmo is!

  14. Rajat said on May 26, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    it’s not happening. i use windows vista. in the shortcut’s properties in target when i type monoff after wizmo.exe, it gives the error “the name is not valid. make sure that path and file name are correct”. what do i do martin??

  15. Martin said on May 26, 2008 at 9:50 am

    yes just move the mouse. At least that’s how I can turn it back on on my computer.

  16. USBman said on May 26, 2008 at 9:47 am

    What about turning it back on??? Does it come back with a keystroke or a mouse jiggle, like a screensaver?

    1. jorj said on April 5, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      I agree. I’m stumped as well. Is it possible that wizmo CANNOT turn a monitor back on!?

      I need the screen to turn off at night and then back on in the morning…automatically, i.e. by a script.

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