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How to disconnect monitor without unplugging cable on Windows 10

You can disconnect a monitor without unplugging its physical connection, and in this guide, we'll show you how to do it on Windows 10.

If you need to disconnect an external monitor, the process is straightforward. You unplug the cable. While this is a simple enough solution, connecting and disconnecting a monitor can lead to cable problems, or you can damage the video port in the graphics cards and the monitor.

You could also turn off the display, but it’ll still be connected and recognized by Windows 10. However, 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 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 using the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Use the Windows key + P keyboard shortcut.

  2. Using the “Project” flyout, select the “PC screen only” option.

    Disconnect second monitor without unplugging

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:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Display.

  3. Under the “Select and rearrange displays” section, select the monitor that you want to disconnect.

    Select monitor on Windows 10

  4. Under the “Multiple displays” section, use the drop-down menu and select the Disconnect this display option.

    Disconnect monitor without unplugging

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 on step No. 4, select the Extend desktop to this display or any of the “duplicate” options.