How to Keep the Screen Display On in Windows 10

Posted by Matthew on December 7, 2018

If you have Windows 10, then you have probably noticed that leaving your PC idle for a certain amount of time will probably activate a screen saver. Your PC might also go into sleep mode after a long enough period of inactivity. These are power-saving features but it may be the case that you want your screen to stay on regardless of whether you are actively using the computer. In this article I will provide you a basic tutorial on a couple of different ways to set up your system to always keep the screen on in Windows 10.

Using Windows 10 Settings to Keep Your Screen On

To open your screen saver settings, type “Change screen saver” into the Cortana search box in your Windows 10 taskbar. Select Change screen saver to open the window shown below. From here you can change all your screen saver settings.

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Select the Screen saver drop-down menu and click (None) from there. Click Apply and OK to apply the settings. That switches the screen saver off.

However, there are other things that can also switch off the display. To configure those, click Change power settings. Then select Choose when to turn off the display to open the options below. Now select Never from all the drop-down menus there and click Save changes.

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Using Third-Party Tools to Keep Your Display On

You can also keep the display on without configuring any Windows 10 settings by using third-party software. One of those programs is Caffeine, which you can install from here. Click caffeine.zip there to save its zipped folder. Open the folder in File Explorer, press the Extract all button and then select a path to extract it to. You can run the software from the extracted folder.

Caffeine effectively simulates someone pressing the F15 key (which on most PCs does nothing) every 59 seconds so that Windows 10 thinks someone is using the machine. When it’s running, you’ll find the Caffeine icon in the system tray as shown below. You can right-click that icon and select Active to switch it on. You can always switch it off by clicking that option again.

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Try it out by selecting a screen saver to come on after a certain period. Then switch on the Caffeine Active option. The screen saver won’t come on at all.

Those are two different ways you can keep the display on. Do you have tips or techniques for keeping the display on using other tools? Share them with us in the comments below!

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