How do I turn off my screen on Ubuntu 11.10 when I'm absent for a short time?

Asked by wordsmyth2 on 2011-12-29

Previous releases of Ubuntu included a Screensaver for this purpose, but without this facility I have to re-sign on every time I wish to re-activate my laptop. I can find no facility similar to Screensaver for doing this, so even if I'm absent for only a short time - I have my power settings set to switch screen off after 15 mins - I have to sign in again, which is a nuisance. Any advice re this, anyone?

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Best Jacobsallan (jacobsallan) said : #1

Start up System Settings in the Dash.
Click on Screen.
Set the screen to turn off after X number of minutes.
If you don't want to login when the monitor turns off, set Lock to OFF.
If Lock is ON, use the Lock screen after chooser to set so that the screen will lock when the "Screen turns off".
Click on All Settings to return to System Settings.
Click on Power.
Make sure that your computer does not suspend when inactive after a time shorter than the time you set above for making the monitor turn off.

wordsmyth2 (wordsmyth2) said : #2

Thanks for your advice - works like a charm!