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How to turn off the screen using GPO on Windows 10/Server 2019

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Hello! Without a doubt the energy issue is crucial. Indeed, the use of the computer generates electricity consumption. Especially by the monitor. Since many times the user stops working and does not turn it off. Therefore, it is advisable to set parameters to turn off the screen after a certain time of inactivity. However, as system administrators it is ideal to apply the settings to domain members. This way you don’t have to do it one by one to the computers. Next we will see how to turn off the screen using GPO on Windows 10/Server 2019.

Managing GPO to turn off the screen.

If you are inside Windows Server, you can manage the group policies. In this way, the settings will be applied to all members of the domain. The first thing you have to do is go to the Server Manager. Once there, within the Tools menu, click on Group Policy Management

Launching the Group Policy Manager
Launching the Group Policy Manager

Then, display the domain and right click on Default Domain Policy. Finally, press Edit.

Editing domain policies
Editing domain policies

Then follow the next route: Computer Configuration>Policies>Administrative Templates>System>Power Management>Video and Display Settings. Once there you must select the option according to your desktop or laptop. In any case, the policy to edit is the one corresponding to Turn off the display:

Select the policy to turn off the screen.
Select the policy to turn off the screen.

Please right-click to edit the policy. The first thing you need to do is to Enable the policy. And then set the time frame for shutting down the screen.

Setting the time-lapse for turning off the screen due to inactivity.
Setting the time-lapse for turning off the screen due to inactivity.

How to create a GPO to block the user session due to inactivity

Windows 10 users can edit a GPO to manage the shutdown of the display. With this in mind, press the Win+R combination and execute the following command:

gpedit.msc

Now please follow the next path: User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Personalization. Once there, double-click on Enable screen saver.

Now, double-click on it to edit it. Then enable the rule. Press OK to continue

Please Enable the rule
Please Enable the rule

Now proceed to edit the rule Screen saver timeout

Once again, enable the rule and set the time frame

Please Enable the rule

To finish the configuration, select the rule Password protect the screen saver.

Just enable it!

Please note that using this method, changes are set at the local level. If you wish to modify the policy of a domain, repeat the steps, but this time using Group Policy Management.

Conclusion

Ultimately, we have seen how to turn off the screen using GPO on Windows 10/Server 2019. This way, you can manage the power consumption of a computer or domain members. All right, that’s it for now. Please stay tuned for more information on Windows 10 and Windows Server. See you later!

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