Have you ever wanted to hibernate your monitor without actually turning it off? Perhaps, you’re walking away from your PC for just a few moments or just want to avoid someone seeing what you’re doing. Blacktop is one of the quickest ways to turn off your monitor. Once installed, all you need to do is a quick keyboard shortcut and your monitor goes into hibernation.

For some PCs, hibernating a monitor requires you to go through a complicated series of settings. This can take time and often is more work that it’s worth. That’s why BlackTop is so handy to have installed and in use.

How to use BlackTop to hibernate your monitor

BlackTop comes in a standard and 64bit download. Choose the right download for your PC and get BlackTop.

Once downloaded, extract the EXE for BlackTop to wherever you need. Then, double-click it to start the installation process.

The install is standard, with nothing hidden bundled within it.

When finished, run BlackTop.

It’ll appear in your taskbar.


Right-click on BlackTop to work with its only setting.


You can run BlackTop from startup which is the best way to take full advantage of the utility.

All you have to do is click “CTRL + ALT + B” and your monitor will hibernate.

Then, just press any key to turn it back on.

BlackTop really is that easy for anyone to use.

Do you really need to hibernate your monitor?

Hibernating your monitor is a good way to keep it from burning out. The longer you leave a monitor running, the higher the chances of it running out of steam eventually. BlackTop is a quick way to do something Windows should’ve included in its OS. By being able to hibernate your monitor with a quick shortcut combination, you can save your monitor little by little as you use your PC and step away.  While you’re at it, use Display Tuner to get the most out of your monitor to help preserve it, too.

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