Lock Computer and Auto Save Energy by Turning Off Monitor

March 5, 2010 | Filed under Software


When you lock your computer, obviously you are going to be away from your computer and not using the computer for any task at all. Having the monitor turned on will only eat up unnecessary energy which increases your electricity bill. Other than that, you might have some media player playing some music at that time and you have to manually turn it off or else it will keep on playing songs that is on the playlist. If you are at an office, having the computer locked and the speakers blasting with music is going to be really annoying. Finally, if you have Windows Live Messenger, your contacts might still be sending messages to you thinking you’re on the computer but the fact is you’re away and the computer is locked.

MonitorES is a small useful windows utility that helps you to turnoff monitor display when you lock down your machine. Also when you lock your machine, it will pause all your running media programs & set your instant messenger status message to “Away” / Custom message(via options) and restore it back to normal when you back. It has been researched that turning off monitor display can save and conserve a lot of energy.

Lock Monitor and auto turn off monitor

MonitorES Features:

* Automatically turnoff monitor.
* Automatically pause running media programs.
* Automatically IM away status message.
* Mute master sound (XP)
* Turn on monitor for remote machines.
* Keyboard PAUSE key to pause/play running media programs(Gives single key control).
* Custom away messages for IM
* Support 16+ Media Players
* Customizable options
* Listen to your pause status
* Very small executable file (44 KB)
* No Installation Required / Portable Software

In case you’re curious to know what media players and instant messengers are supported so you can use MonitorES, here they are. Winamp, AIMP , WMP, WMP Classic , 1BY1 , iTunes , KMPlayer ,Media Monkey , GOM Player , AlShow, VLC Media Player (Via HTTP) , Spotify , Foobar2000, BSPlayer and QuickTime , XMPlay only Support with PAUSE. As for instant messenger, Google Talk , Yahoo Messenger, Digsby , Miranda IM with custom away message.

There is a Linux Ubuntu version of MonitorES if you’re interested. There are 2 versions of MonitorES, the normal and the lite version. The lite version is more for corporate where only TurnOff Monitor option is available. Currently MonitorES 0.5 doesn’t work on Windows 7 and they are working on version 1 which will support Windows 7.

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2 Responses to “Lock Computer and Auto Save Energy by Turning Off Monitor”
  1. srikanth says:

    Great stuff… Keep it up..
    Working perfectly..

  2. Very cool! I wish the Meebo Notifier could be trained to go into “away” status when the machine is locked. 🙂

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