I use the Thinkpad laptop for my research work. Usually, I keep it working in the night for the simulation work. Therefore, when I wake up at the next morning, I can analyze the results immediately. I need to lock the WinXP system and turn off the monitor when I leave the laptop. Then I write this program to help me. It is more convenient to use than the traditional way (Win+L hotkey to lock the system and turn off monitor through power schemes).
The code is very simple.
First, turn off the monitor by using
SendMessage function. You can find more introduction about it from this article.
// Turn off monitor
Sleep(500); // Eliminate user's interaction for 500 ms
SendMessage(HWND_BROADCAST, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_MONITORPOWER, (LPARAM) 2);
LockWorkStation function to lock the system.
LockWorkStation function requires Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Professional. To compile the program successfully, we need to add the following macro in the StdAfx.h.
#define _WIN32_WINNT 0x0500
This program is very simple yet very useful. It keeps your task running on the laptop while turns off the monitor for saving energy and protects the laptop from unauthorized use.