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How to turn off a computer camera

Updated July 20, 2017

All newer notebook computers come with an integrated camera for taking personal picture, homemade video and network convenience. Turning off a computer camera is easy. These instructions can be helpful if you intend to turn off your built-in camera and use an external one. Just disconnect the external camera from the USB port if you are using this kind for your computer.

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  1. Click the "Start" button. Choose "Control Panel" on the menu.

  2. Double-left click on " System and Maintenance." Choose the "Administrative Tools" near the bottom of the window.

  3. Select the "Computer Management." On the left of the screen, click on "Device Manager."

  4. Locate your computer camera by scrolling through the devices list. Click on the computer camera icon when you find it.

  5. Click the "Properties" button on the camera window. Choose the "Driver" tab near the top of the "Properties" pop-up.

  6. Press the "Disable" button at the bottom of the screen. Click "OK" to confirm that you want the camera turned off.

  7. Go to "Start," and click the "Control Panel" item on the menu.

  8. Click "Device Manager" on the appearing screen.

  9. Find and click "Imaging Devices" in the list, on the "Device Manager" screen.

  10. Double-left click the item called "Video Camera" under "Imaging Devices."

  11. Choose the "Driver" tab, located near the top of the "Video Camera" pop-up. Press the "Disable" button on the "Driver" pop-up window. Click "OK" to turn off your camera.

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Y.T. Lin has been writing articles professionally since 2008 and for other content websites relating to his field of expertise since 2004. Lin holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees in graphic design and interior design, respectively, from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is a professional digital graphic artist, interior designer and Web developer.

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