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Independent monitor power save timeout - possible?

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I've recently bought a second monitor, and I wonder, is it possible, with an app maybe,
to set independent power save timeout for each device?
(based on mouse movement, maybe)
Often there are periods whem I work on only one screen, and I don't want to always switch on/off the second each time I need it...
This would be a great new feature for displayfusion... :roll:
Mar 10, 2011  • #1
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Another vote for this feature. It would also be nice if the screen savers for each monitor could be timed/started independently rather than being controlled by the timing and activity of the primary monitor.

We are running DisplayFusion Pro 3.3.0 on XP Pro systems with multiple monitors. This has been a great program to work with, but these additions would make it even better.
Mar 11, 2011  • #2
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I found a partial solution (at least for myself).
As you might know, you can use Win+P to switch between monitor only/extended view (it's is basically displayswitch.exe residing in your system folder).
Having to press Win-P multiple times is awkward.
The trick is that you can run this exe with switches, like /extend, /internal, described here:
Now you can have a shortcut that does the trick with a press of a button - not automatic, it's not a real "powe save"-mode (turning off the second display shovels every app from the other screen to the primary one) but at least it's something.
Mar 11, 2011  • #3
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Kevin F.
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From my understanding, a feature like this isn't possible within windows. It has been mentioned before to my memory, and declined by JT.
Mar 13, 2011  • #4
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
Turning the monitor off has unwanted consequences, like Windows will force all of the desktop windows on that monitor back to your primary monitor. :( I plan to have some kind of monitor dimming feature in the future, but not a complete shutoff. :)
Apr 6, 2011  • #5
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Bryan Gonzalez
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I think the request was misunderstood. We are looking for a way to make the screen saver timeout independent for each monitor. This does not physically disable the unused monitor. We just want the screen saver to play on the unused monitors and then cancel once the pointer wanders to the inactive screen or screens. Many hours were spent searching for an answer but no one seems to have it.
Apr 5, 2012  • #6
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on
Ah ok, unfortunately this isn't possible, due to limitations in Windows :(

Apr 5, 2012  • #7
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