I sometimes need to prevent my computer from going to sleep mode or the screen saver mode. For myself, I needed that because I sometimes are just reading a very long article on the screen and taking notes on my notepad. Or maybe I am watching a movie on the laptop and not wanting the PC to go to screen saver just when Harry Potter is going to kiss his girl…. :)
Or more serioulsy, it is most likely when I am monitoring the stock market or looking at the foreign currencies MT4 trading platforms and is not moving my mouse or doing any typing. Just watching the movements on the screen and don’t want my screen saver to come alive.
There is a software that I used and is really good at preventing my PC from going to screen saver mode.
The software is called “Caffeine” (yes as in coffee, keep you awake :))
Caffeine works by simulating a keypress once every 59 seconds, so your machine thinks you’re still working at the keyboard, so won’t lock the screen or activate the screen saver.
It is a very small app and sits in your task tray when you activate it. There is no installation so you can just download it to your desktop. And when you need it, just activate it by double click on the file. Simple. Easy. Clean.
There are seven command line switches you can even use to further enhance the software. For example, I find it useful for the software to only stay active for 20 mins (so you can really be away for 20 mins and it really will go to screen saver mode and prevent people from looking at your screen). I dun think I need to stare at the screen for more than 20 mins without touching the mouse/keyboard :)
Here’s a link to the web site where you can download Caffeine: