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3D Vision Toggler For Easier Enabling and Disabling of 3D Vision

February 27th, 2011 · 15 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

If you have been using 3D Vision for a while now, then you probably hate to go all the time to the control panel and enable and disable the stereoscopic 3D support from there. I’m not talking about just “hiding” the stereo 3D mode wit the help of the button on the 3D Vision IR emitter or pressing Ctrl+T, but actually disabling the support for stereoscopic 3D when you are going to play a game in 2D (plain 3D mode). The reason for that is quite simple actually, because when you have stereoscopic 3D mode enabled from the control panel even if you are not using it (is not activated at the moment), you will be getting less performance from your video card as when playing with stereoscopic 3D support disabled from the control panel. So when playing a game in 2D you usually ave to disable it from the control panel to get the top performance and when finished playing and want to switch to 3D mode again, you need to enable it again.

Axel Lux got tired from that as well and has created a small and useful application called 3D Vision Toggler to simplify this process and he is sharing his work with us, so we can also do the switching easier. Running the 3D Vision Toggler for a first time will “install” it by making a shortcut on the desktop and an INI file with some parameters that you can edit in the folder where you have the executable file in. Clicking on the shortcut quickly enables and disables the stereoscopic 3D support and you can get a info balloon popping up in the system tray telling you what the current status is. You can even further make things easier if you set a shortcut key for the 3D Vision Toggler shortcut to make the toggling even simpler by just pressing a combination of keys. You can try the application and share your feedback below.

You can download the 3D Vision Toggler application from Axel Lux here…

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nanite // Feb 27, 2011 at 17:32

    Nice! This is a good tool for Samsung 3DTV owners! 3D vision cant be on all the time because its put the TV to 3D mode immediatly even when there is no 3D aplications running like windows desktop.

  • 2 NicMic // Feb 27, 2011 at 18:56

    You can by default have links on the desktop (copy them from the nVidia Corporation folder in the start menu) to enable or disable 3D Vision, it’s much better than going to the control panel.

  • 3 Xwing // Feb 27, 2011 at 19:53

    When I installed drivers for my card (266.66), I could choose to install two shortcuts, Enable 3D Vision and Disable 3D Vision (I have them on my desktop). But I dont know if it does the same thing…

  • 4 Allan // Feb 27, 2011 at 22:03

    Hmm.. I didn’t know that disabling 3D Vision completely would boost gaming performance in general.

  • 5 Govinda // Feb 27, 2011 at 22:30

    I’ve made a similar program using VS 2010. It requires .NET 4. It’s in both flavors x64 and x86. It sits in your taskbar and allows you to switsh 3D Vision on and off with a double click. Default state is off. I’ve made this about 6 months ago.

    Here is the link:



  • 6 EuGENIUS // Feb 28, 2011 at 00:11

    At LAST! :)
    Never seen any performance loss (yet never even thought about checking such nonsensical behavior), but that damn automatic 3D-mode overbright 35 -> 100 even in 2D-fullscreen mode just killing me.
    Shortcuts are good, but this is better.

  • 7 Tetlian // Feb 28, 2011 at 01:37

    Useful program, but it assumes that path to nvstlink is:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvstlink.exe

    But on my computer (and probably most computers) it is:

    C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvstlink.exe

    So always after running this program I must manually correct the path, and the program can’t remember it :/ So in my case it is not useful.

  • 8 tommygunn // Feb 28, 2011 at 01:48

    I’ve done what NicMic suggested for the past 18 months, this toggler thing really isn’t necessary, i copied Nvidias own toggler buttons to my taskbar and have cool little icons.

    But helpful to those that didn’t know this none the less.

  • 9 Axel Lux // Feb 28, 2011 at 20:27

    Hi guys,
    well my main Problem with 3D Vision enabled is, that my Viewsonic needs a hell long time to switch between 3D mode and DVI mode and therefore when i play a game were i have to alt tab a lot it gets really annoying to alway wait ~3 secs to get the new picture. As for the standard nvidia shortcuts: the “problem” with those is, that they dont show if 3d is enabled or disabled wich my generated shortcuts do.
    @Gavinda Nice Program too, but for my u dont need the start an additional exe at ur system boot and the framework is also not required.
    @Tetlian You are right, after entering the new path i forgot to write to the generated .ini file but i just updated it
    (Get new version here:)
    and you can even edit it in the Ini file yourself and it should properly work.

  • 10 jacob pederson // Mar 6, 2011 at 16:45

    Is there anything similar for toggling SLI?

  • 11 Death Knight // Mar 16, 2011 at 21:40

    Are you shure that we need something like this ? Nvidia already have this but it’s two different shortcuts.

    One thing is shure : it’s more practical with on shortcut :)

  • 12 f-town // Oct 25, 2012 at 13:54

    awesome…this is just what i was looking for!


  • 13 Dave // Oct 29, 2013 at 10:56

    Love this app

    Not sure if it’s just me but this doesn’t seem to work anymore with the latest drivers 331.65

  • 14 Dave // Oct 29, 2013 at 10:59

    Nevermind, deleted the ini file and it recreated it, works as it should now

  • 15 Buzzsaw // May 7, 2014 at 04:08

    Cannot stop the program from creating a shortcut everytime. Changing CreateShortCut=false or changing ShortCutTarget= does nothing.

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