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Screen blanker without locking screen?

chuser

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I have recently fallen into the habit of falling asleep while listening to podcasts on Youtube. Even though I turn my laptop's screen to the dimmest, it still shines brightly in the dark bedroom. If I lock the screen, it will eventually go dark, but then the screen is locked. Sometimes in the playlist, a loud podcast will come on and I'll have to adjust the volume, and I'm too sleepy and bleary-eyed to enter my password correctly, find the volume control at the bottom, and adjust.

Is there a simple program that will just blank the screen without locking it? I don't want to disable the lock function as I use it in the daytime. I just want to move the mouse to get the screen on again so I can use the mouse wheel to adjust the volume.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 15
    CPU
    Intel i5 2.30GHz
    Memory
    16G
    Browser
    Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    None

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
A little history..... The screen blanker/saver was originally created to prevent the problem of the old CRT's burning in with whatever image was left on the screen for a long period of time.
It became unneeded with the new LED or LCD screens.
If you just go into screen Personalization (Right click your mouse on the desktop) and open 'Screen Saver', you can select "Blank" as your choice of Screen Saver. Then pressing a keyboard key or working the mouse will cause it to go back to normal screen.
I've not had a CRT in years, so neither have I used a screen saver in years.
Good Luck!
TM :cool:
PS: I just tried "Blank" on my own Windows 8 PC, and it worked like it always has. One mouse movement restored the original screen.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

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