If you have to disconnect an external monitor, the process is straightforward. You unplug the cable, and that’s it. While this is a simple enough solution, connecting and disconnecting a monitor can lead to cable problems or can damage the video port in the graphics cards and monitor.
You could also turn off the display, but it’ll still be connected and recognized by Windows 10. However, a more straightforward solution includes using the Settings app to disconnect a monitor without unplugging the cable.
This guide will teach you the steps to disconnect a monitor without unplugging the cable or turning off the display on Windows 10.
Disconnect monitor without unplugging on Windows 10
The steps to disconnect an external monitor will depend on the number of displays connected to the computer.
Disconnect display in a dual-monitor setup
To disconnect a monitor in a dual-monitor setup from the Settings app on Windows 10, 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 Display.
Under the “Select and rearrange displays” section, select the monitor that you want to disconnect.
Under the “Multiple displays” section, use the drop-down menu and select the “Disconnect this display” option.
After you complete the steps, the monitor you selected will terminate its connection with Windows 10.
If you want to re-connect the display, you can use the same instructions, but in step 4, select the “Extend desktop to this display” or any of the “duplicate” options.