Re: Screen Curtain Feature

Quentin Christensen

In Windows, you can press WINDOWS+p to change the "Projector" settings.  At one point Windows 10 made it so that you couldn't set your computer to project to "second screen only" if there wasn't actually a second screen connected, but I just tried again and it will let me now.  As with changing resolution etc, I need to activate the "confirm changes" button after doing it or it will revert, but it is working on the latest fast insider build (which I think is still running the final April creators update).

So it looks like that could be worth another go for those on Windows 10.  For those on earlier versions of Windows, you should be able to do this as well.



On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 3:33 AM, Ervin, Glenn <glenn.ervin@...> wrote:
All of the laptops I have use one of the function keys along with the FN key to turn off the monitor.
I suppose if you could only brighten/dim the monitor, one could dim it all the way down so it is too hard for anyone to see.

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I think those who ask for this are talking laptops really and that is the
problem mentioned. you really would like to turn off the monitor completely
in software to emulate what we do on a desktop with a button or not even
connect one.
 That is not possible.
 Maybe its something that can be designed into hardware, but I'd not expect
mainstream companies to do this unless its as a power saving feature when
streaming audio.

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> Well you don't need a screen to have a screen reader.
> You need a graphics chip to have a screen reader but weather you need to
> have it connected to anything is another thing.
> You do need a sound card and a graphics chip else all those desktops I
> service I would have toh ave a screen.
> Its true if you have to deal with the mouse or graphical software that
> doesn't play nice with your graphics to translation text viewing reading
> software, then sure.
> But you don't need a screen as such.
> On 4/28/2018 7:47 AM, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io wrote:
>> No this has been debated before. I think this will rely on Windows
>> offering such a mode as without the screen how can you have a
>> screenreader. Its all down to where the curtain is inserted and Windows
>> now is so locked down that trying to cludge something in from outside is
>> not really a good thing to try!
>> I'm sure somebody here might know where this discussion is, as I can
>> remember it but did not bother as I just don't use a monitor!
>> Brian
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>>    ----- Original Message -----
>>    From: Greg Rhodes
>>    To: NVDA Users Group
>>    Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 4:22 PM
>>    Subject: [nvda] Screen Curtain Feature
>>    Is there a keyboard shortcut with NVDA to invoke a screen curtain
>> (blank screen while you are working – for privacy purposes)? Narrator has
>> a shortcut – Capslock/Shift/F12. I heard yesterday that JAWS has a
>> similar command – Insert/Spacebar, then PrintScreen. Neither of these
>> work when I’m using NVDA. Anyone know of a NVDA screen curtain shortcut.
>> Con’t really want to do it by turning brightness to zero. Thanks.

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