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Is there any option native to VLC player on windows to automatically turn off the display when playing a video in it? Could be handy when I want to listen only to audio with the screen off for battery efficiency. I am using Windows 8 on Dell laptop.

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If you use cvlc or nvlc, you can use the --no-video option:

nvlc --no-video "http://youtube.com/cool_music_video"
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The video could be turned off by disabling video and enabling screensaver in the video settings (in show all setting) of vlc player.

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