Catch an energy star

My monitor has an "Energy Star" sticker on it certifying that it has a power-saving design, but when I try to turn on the energy-saving options for the screen saver in the Display Properties dialogue box, the Energy Star section is greyed out. What should I do?

- Alan Reader

The problem here is that the settings for low-power monitor options are in one place, and the setting that tells Windows you have an Energy Star monitor is in another.

Let's start at the beginning: right-click the desktop and choose Properties (or double-click the Display icon in the Control Panel window), and click the Settings tab. This panel is the place where you tell Windows about your monitor; unfortunately, the panel varies from one video driver to another.

Look for a button that says something like Advanced Properties or Change Display Type, and click it. If you don't see any mention of Energy Star in the resulting dialogue box, you may have to click a Monitor tab or some other monitor settings button to find the Energy Star.

After a little digging around, you should find a check box that says Monitor is Energy Star compliant. Click to put a check in the box and then click OK or Close as many times as necessary to return to the Display Properties sheet. Finally, click the Screen Saver tab. You should now be able to specify settings for low-power standby and monitor shutdown.

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