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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 :)

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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
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

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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"

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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:


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


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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

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.

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Yeah, my goal wasn't going stealth per se, just not trigger the monitors to "wake up". –  Svish Jun 22 '12 at 16:32
So using the RDP built in to windows is mainly there for trojans and backdoors? ;) –  Scott Chamberlain Jul 5 '13 at 7:26
  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/

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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
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

my problem is the opposite, support remotely accessed my server and showed black screen while working. they disconnected about two weeks ago and my server screen has never returned, it is still black. they rebooted last night remotely but still black.

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