How to Turn Off Monitor on IBM ThinkPad

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How to Turn Off Monitor on IBM ThinkPad
Yes, you can turn off your ThinkPad's monitor. (Laptop and briefcase image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia.com)

When working with an external monitor or projector, your IBM ThinkPad lets you select which display you want to use---display images and text on both your laptop's LCD monitor or on the external monitor or projector only. You can even turn off your IBM ThinkPad's monitor completely. If you restart your computer or turn it off and on again, your laptop's monitor will return to its default setting of using the built-in LCD monitor instead of an external monitor.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Navigate to your IBM ThinkPad's "Desktop" by minimising any open windows. Plug the external monitor's or projector's VGA cable into the "VGA" port on the side of your IBM ThinkPad. Plug in and turn on the monitor or projector.

  2. 2

    Press and hold the Fn key on your laptop's keyboard.

  3. 3

    Press the F7 key twice to turn off your laptop's monitor. You will see your IBM ThinkPad's desktop on your external monitor.

  1. 1

    Press and hold the Fn key on your laptop's keyboard.

  2. 2

    Press the F3 key to turn off your laptop's monitor. Your IBM ThinkPad's monitor will go blank.

  3. 3

    Press any key or touch your laptop's TrackPoint pointing stick to turn the monitor back on.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also complete steps 2 and 3 in the "Turning Off Your ThinkPad's Monitor and Using an External Monitor or Projector" section to turn off your ThinkPad's monitor by not connecting an external monitor or projector to your laptop and just completing the keystrokes.
  • To display images and text on both your ThinkPad's monitor and an external monitor/projector, press and hold the Fn key and press the F7 key three times.

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