How to Switch Monitor Input Source using Keyboard

If you are using a single monitor with multiple inputs such as a desktop computer and laptop, I am sure you would be tired of manually switching the inputs using monitor buttons.

Even I faced this same issue when I had a single monitor connected to both my laptop and desktop computer.

Finally, I found a utility that makes this task easier!

Yes, you can switch your monitor input right from the keyboard on a Windows computer in 3 steps. Here’s how:

  1. Download ControlMyMonitor
  2. Find Input Select setting
  3. Change values

Don’t worry! I am going to explain all these steps in detail.

1. Download ControlMyMonitor

First, download the latest version of the ControlMyMonitor utility from NirSoft.

It is available for free and supports Windows 7, Windows 10 and Windows 11.

2. Search for Input Select Setting

Launch ControlMyMonitor utility. It will look like this:

Look for the Input Select control which has VCP Code 60. See the screenshot below:

On the right-most column, you will see different sets of numbers. These are actually the possible values that you can select for the Input Select setting.

3. Find Value for Changing Input

Now if the possible values for Input Setting for your monitor are 13,14,15,16 and 20, it means there is one value that will change the input source of your monitor.

To find that value, you will need to test and verify by changing the maximum value to possible values one by one.

For example, first, change the maximum value to 13, and then 14. Do this for each value until your monitor input source is changed. You can change the value by double-clicking the item.

After a little trial, you will be able to find which value you need to change your monitor input.


If you have any question, feel free to ask me!

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Muhammad Qasim

Muhammad Qasim

Muhammad Qasim is an Electrical Engineer, Solo Entrepreneur, and Web Developer who loves troubleshooting gadgets and making cool things for the internet.

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