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How to show black screen on remote computer using TeamViewer

(First posted on: 2012-02-16 07:55:05+00:00)

Problem

You connect to a computer in another room or a remote workplace using TeamViewer. But, the folks sitting around that computer get distracted by all the desktop operations you are doing. Or maybe you do not want to attract their attention. What do you do? Ideally you want to power off the display or blank it, but this is not possible to do without physical access to the computer.

Solution

TeamViewer has a neat feature called Black Screen that can be used to achieve something like this.

 
 

The Computer and Contacts window is shown on the right of the main TeamViewer window and it lists the remote computers you have added entries for. Right-click on the remote computer name and choose Properties. In the dialog, click on Advanced and in the Remote Input dropdown choose Disable remote input and show black screen.

 
 

Now connect to this remote computer. You can check whether a black screen is being displayed on the display of the remote computer by choosing Actions -> Show Black Screen in the TeamViewer toolbar. Sometimes this entry is not enabled even if you had enabled the black screen in its properties. If so, you can explicitly enable black screen for this remote session by choosing Actions -> Show Black Screen option.

Tried with: TeamViewer 7.0.12313