Turn monitor on/off in C#
The following snippet will allow you to change your monitor’s state to either off/on or standby mode. Unlike other methods this one works on Windows 7 as well (tested under Windows 7 64bit).
The first step is to include in your class the following code:
static extern IntPtr SendMessage(IntPtr hWnd, int Msg, int wParam, int lParam);
private int SC_MONITORPOWER = 0xF170;
private int WM_SYSCOMMAND = 0x0112;
ON = -1,
OFF = 2,
STANDBY = 1
This will allow us to send a
WM_SYSCOMMAND message using
SendMessage to alter the state of the monitor.
Finally, add the method which we will be calling when we want to change the monitor’s state:
public void SetMonitorState(MonitorState state)
SendMessage(this.Handle, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_MONITORPOWER, (int)state);
Simply call the
SetMonitorState method with the desirable state you want to change your monitor’s state to.
Keep in mind that the
SC_MONITORPOWER commands supports devices that have power-saving features, so depending on the monitor’s brand/drivers/firmware results might vary.