Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm wondering if it's possible to connect to a computer through TeamViewer without having the screen show what you're doing.

For example if it's a computer at home or at work which is standing where other people might be, I'd prefer to be able to use it without them seeing what I'm doing :)

share|improve this question
    
I simply want to use my own computers remotely without the monitor suddenly flashing on. I rarely physically turn my monitors off when I leave. I just let them go into power-save mode. I'd pretty much just like it to not break that mode :) No dubious intentions! –  Svish Jun 22 '12 at 16:31
1  
I don't know about TeamViewer, but if you're willing to consider a different software package, LogMeIn has a special driver that blanks the screen when you connect, if you so desire. –  nhinkle Mar 7 '13 at 4:13
    
With TeamViewer, for 2015, it's trivial. Note that it works perfectly whether your "client" computer is a Mac or PC (previously there was problems if you were using a Mac as the "cilent".) Simply go to the Actions menu -- MogsDad explains it. –  Joe Blow Jul 9 at 12:02

4 Answers 4

Right Click the computer you want to edit

Click Properties

Click Advanced (lower left)

Click Drop Down under Remote Input (bottom right)

Select "Disable Remote Input and Show Black Screen"

share|improve this answer

Look at the "Actions" menu. You need to "Disable Remote Input" first, then "Show black screen" will be enabled and you can select it.

The first time you use this feature, TeamViewer will want to install a display driver.

In the Windows App:

screenshot

If you're using Web Access (not the app):

screenshot

share|improve this answer
    
Long shot here....But is there a way to force it to do this EVERYTIME? It seems like a fairly big security issue to have to click that everytime. Who knows who is standing there at the other end... –  canadmos Mar 14 '14 at 23:02
    
This is the correct answer for all modern (2015+) installations of TeamViewer. Thanks MogsDad! –  Joe Blow Jul 9 at 12:02

No, but you can try looking for other remote administration software. those which allow you to access the remote system in "stealth" are usually trojans or backdoors which are not appropriate to discuss here.

share|improve this answer
    
Yeah, my goal wasn't going stealth per se, just not trigger the monitors to "wake up". –  Svish Jun 22 '12 at 16:32
3  
So using the RDP built in to windows is mainly there for trojans and backdoors? ;) –  Scott Chamberlain Jul 5 '13 at 7:26
    
It's now absolutely trivial with TeamViewer .. just click the menu items that says "show black screen" :) –  Joe Blow Jul 9 at 12:03
  1. Prior to connecting, in the Computer and Contacts window, right-click the remote computer you wish to connect to and select Properties.
  2. Under Action Settings, select Disable remote input and show black screen in the Remote input dropdown.

Alternatively, if you wish to manually blank the screen after connecting to the remote machine, in the Actions menu you can select Show black screen to force a blank, black screen to be shown on the remote monitor.

Source: http://choorucode.com/2012/02/16/teamviewer-show-black-screen-on-remote-computer/

share|improve this answer
    
Please include a summary of the steps needed to accomplish the action needed. Just a link by itself is not considered a complete answer here. Please read How to Answer. –  depquid Apr 1 '13 at 16:41
    
Not an answer, include the source for better answer but summarize it here as well please. –  TomEus Apr 1 '13 at 16:53
    
Try summarizing some of it in your answer and I'll accept it :) –  Svish Apr 2 '13 at 21:16
1  
Doesn't work in OSX. There isn't any Action Settings option when you right-click Properties. Also doesn't work from Android. –  Paul Hargreaves Jun 24 '13 at 6:45
    
It now works fine if your Mac (remote client) is connecting to a Windows "host". –  Joe Blow Jul 9 at 12:04

protected by Community Jun 29 at 21:57

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.