On Windows 11, when you need to disconnect a display, the process usually only requires unplugging the cable. While this is a simple solution, connecting and disconnecting a monitor many times can lead to cable problems, and you can damage the video port in the graphics cards and the display itself.
It’s also possible to turn off the monitor, but Windows 11 will still be able to recognize it. However, you have an alternative. You can use the Settings app to disconnect a monitor without unplugging the cable.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to disconnect a monitor without unplugging the cable on Windows 11.
Disconnect monitor without unplugging on Windows 11
The steps to disconnect a display will depend on the number of monitors connected to the computer.
Disconnect display in a dual-monitor setup
To disconnect a monitor in a dual-monitor setup on Windows 11, use these steps:
Use the Windows key + P keyboard shortcut.
Using the “Project” flyout, select the “PC screen only” option.
Once you complete the steps, the second monitor will disconnect automatically.
Disconnect display in a triple-monitor setup
To disconnect a monitor on a setup that uses three or more monitors, use these steps:
Click on System.
Click the Display page on the right side.
Select the monitor to disconnect.
Select the “Show only on X” option to connect to only one display and disconnect the other.
After you complete the steps, the contents of the desktop will only appear on the display you selected while disconnecting the other monitor.
If you want to re-connect the display, you can use the same instructions, but on step No. 5, select the “Extend these display” or any of the “duplicate” options.