If you have Windows 10, then you have probably noticed that leaving your PC idle for a certain time will activate your screen saver. Your PC may also enter sleep mode after a long enough period of inactivity. These features are intended to help your computer conserve power and can also act as a security measure for when you are away from your PC. Still, there may be times when you want your screen to stay on regardless of whether you are actively using the computer or not. Fortunately, this is quite easy to do. In this article, I’ll provide you with a basic tutorial on a couple of different ways to configure your system to always keep the screen on in Windows 10.
Let us begin.
How to keep screen display on in Windows 10
There are two methods you can use to make sure your screen is always on. You can do this by changing your Windows 10 settings or using a third-party tool.
Change Windows 10 settings
First, let’s see how you can keep your screen on by changing Windows 10 settings.
To open the screen saver settings, type “Change Screen Saver” in Cortana’s search box on the Windows 10 taskbar. Select Change Screen Saver to open the window shown below. From here you can change all the screen saver settings.
Select the Screen Saver drop-down menu and click (None) from there. Click Apply and OK to apply the settings. That turns off the screen saver; however, there are a few more steps to take to ensure that the screen always stays on.
Then click Change power settings at the bottom of the window. Then select Change when the computer sleeps to open the window below:
In this window, you will have the option to change how long it takes for your computer to go to sleep and how long before the screen turns off.
To make sure your screen is always on, select Never from the drop-down menu and click Save Changes.
Now your PC screen should never turn off until you close the lid.
Use third-party tools
You can also keep the screen on without configuring any Windows 10 settings by using third-party software.
One such program is Caffeine, which you can install from here. Click caffeine.zip to download the compressed program. Open the folder in File Explorer, hit the Extract All button, and then select a path to extract. 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 to make Windows 10 think someone is using the machine.
When it is running, you will find the caffeine icon in the systray as shown below. You can right-click on that icon and select Active to activate it. You can always disable it by clicking that option again.
Test it out by selecting a screensaver to activate after a certain period. Then activate the Active Caffeine option. The screen saver will not activate at all.
By default, most, if not all, PCs turn off their screen after a certain amount of time. This can help your computer save power and discourage others from using your computer while you’re away, but it can be quite annoying having to constantly wake up your machine.
Those are two different ways you can keep your screen on. Do you have tips or techniques for maintaining the screen using other tools? Share them with us in the comments below!
And don’t forget to check out other great Windows 10 articles, like How to Install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) in Windows 10.