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How to change the power options in Windows 10

How to change the power options in Windows 10

by AshwinMarch 2, 2016

One of the most important steps in maintaning the health of a computer, is to ensure that it does not run continously for days together.

Power Options Desktop

Even machines need a rest too you know, else, the PC could run into some hardware problems.

This applies to any computer, and fortunately Windows 10 (and older versions) has some options which can take care of your PC automatically. No it isn’t any magic, but a few basic Power Options, which ensure your PC is tucked away, when you’re not using the computer.

You know how it works don’t you? Your smartphone automatically switches off the display, when you are not using it, to save the battery. The same concept applies here, for Laptops, and even for desktops (reduces power consumption).

How to change the power options in Windows 10

1. Click on the Start Menu and open the Settings app.
2. Select the first tab, “System”.
3. On the left sidebar, you will find various options, click on the “Power and Sleep” setting.
4. A new set of options should appear on the right pane of the window.
5. This is where the screen differs for desktop users and laptop users.

a) Desktop users will have the options in the above image.

b) Laptop users will have these:

Windows 10 Power Options

6. Select the Screen option and choose the one you want. It is advisable to select a low option, like 1 minute or so, to ensure efficient power saving for the display.

7. Similarly, a suitable setting for the sleep option, which will put the computer to sleep.

You can wake the computer by moving the mouse(trackpad) or tapping a key on the keyboard, and the PC will have all the apps which were left running when the computer went to sleep. It’s kind of like a screensaver, but which saves power too.

There is another way for laptop users to access the power options.You can simply right-click on the battery icon on the system tray,and select the “power options” menu. But be warned that this will take you to the old interface, the Windows 7 style (Control Panel) settings screen.

It still has the same settings options, as those in the modern Settings app, but the old options have several advanced settings as well. Desktop users can also access these settings by clicking on the last option in the screen mentioned in step 4, this option is called “Additional Power Settings”. You can choose a powerplan for your PC from this window.