How to remove or unlock the monitor OSD from my PC screen?

All LCD and CRT monitors have a built-in feature known as On Screen Display (OSD), but sometimes you need to unlock the OSD. This crash, which can be accidental or due to a mistake in the computer, can be solved easily and with a few steps.

How to unlock the OSD on any monitor?

First, you should know that most monitors have a series of buttons, usually at the bottom or at the front and bottom. These will be of great help to solve this annoying problem, you will only need to follow some instructions and you will be ready, you do not have to worry.

Before starting, check that nothing is pressing the ” Menu ” button because sometimes this can be the cause of the blockage. To continue, there are two ways to unlock, these are universal, almost all monitors have one or the other.

To try the first one, press the “ Menu ” button for at least 15 seconds , this should remove the lock, otherwise use the following method. Press the ” Menu ” button once to access the monitor options, scroll with the “+” and “-“ buttons , you should find the OSD menu.

While there, it is likely that a screen will be displayed that will allow you to select if you want to activate or deactivate the lock, press the button corresponding to ” NO “. With this, the crash message should disappear, if not, there is a third method that you could consider a bit more abrupt.


Although it seems illogical, many times this message is an activation error in the monitor, therefore, the ideal is to restart it. Press the ” Power ” button to turn it off and then unplug it for at least 5 minutes, when turning it on, the message will have disappeared.

Why is it necessary to lock or unlock the OSD?

Monitors, especially the most up-to-date ones, usually have physical buttons that can be touch or pressure, these buttons can complicate the use of the monitor a bit. Above all, when they are tactile, that with anything they can open or modify some color or configuration of the monitor and complicate their use.

The OSD lock is an option that all monitors have from the factory and usually includes a quick access, that is why it can be locked easily. For gamers and content creators, OSD blocking is essential , because it prevents any unexpected situation from damaging a game or uploading files (and for example, no one wants that when connecting an external monitor to an HDMI laptop c onnect an iPad with a monitor , a problem affecting both ends enabled device occurs, everything is for safety)

What are the hotkeys to lock and unlock?

On some monitors it is quite easy to lock and unlock the OSD menu, it is a matter of pressing a few buttons and that’s it. First, keep in mind that there are perhaps a couple of options, therefore, they will be described separately so that you can test which is the one for your monitor.

The main option is to press the ” Menu ” button for at least 5 to 10 seconds , this will disable the monitor buttons. To unlock it, you must press the same button, for 10 to 15 seconds.


The other option available is to lock the buttons through the menu, access the menu and scroll with the “+” and “-“ buttons ; Generally, at the end of the options, you will find one that says “OSD Lock” press the button corresponding to “Yes”.

To do the unlocking, you just need to repeat the process and select ” No ” and you will be ready, in some cases, the unlocking can be done by temporarily pressing the menu button. Having described all these important data and how to lock and unlock the OSD, all aspects will be covered, you will be able to operate your monitor as you wish. Fast and easy!

Now that you are done you can move on to bigger things, like working on several monitors at the same time in Windows 10 , or setting up two or more monitors in Linux Mint , it all depends on how hard you are to learn.


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