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2nd monitor doesn't turn off completely

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    2nd monitor doesn't turn off completely


    I've used the switch to actually turn it off, but files still manage to get shoved onto it.
    I spent over 2 hours pinning and unpinning File Explorer from the taskbar and opening File Explorer from Start screen.
    Finally I turned that 2nd monitor on and the 4 files I opened were on it.
    I'm disabled so pulling plugs and cables isn't easy anymore.
    I'm thinking about maybe disabling it thru device mgr or properties.

    Another thing is how to get a screenshot of only 1 monitor instead of 2 ? The only thing I found that works is cloning the monitors.

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    GPU drivers and Windows settings may not always agree which monitor is primary and many programs insist on opening on the primary monitor. Turning monitor off during work on windows doesn't always register so program opens in "virtual monitor" (sends picture to output port ). Happens mostly on monitors that don't send enough feedback, typically VGA connected ones.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I have shortcuts on my taskbar and start screen I can click to change it from Extend to PC Screen only and back. I only use my main monitor when I game so I just click my shortcut for PC Screen Only. Then when I'm done I click the shortcut for Extend. It's the same thing as pressing the Windows Logo key and the P key. "Second Screen" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
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    Thanks for the link and info alphanumeric, working purrfect. Would be nice to have on context menu though.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The other official way to do it is to press the Windows Logo key and the P key to bring up the selection menu. I just find it easier to use the shortcuts if your going to be doing it on a regular basis.
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2nd monitor doesn't turn off completely
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