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How to change power and sleep settings on Windows 10

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The performance of your Computer matters and this performance of your PC highly depends upon the power it is consuming for the hardware. The Windows 10 provides three power plans from which you can select and feed your computer to obtain certain performances. Windows 10 creator update version 1803 or higher only shows and sets your PC to use balanced as the default power option whereas before you can simply select from two other power plans of Power saver and High performance. So, in this article, I will walk you through some steps from where you can change the hidden power plans and also customize them so you can adjust power and sleep settings on Windows 10.

Before we start with the step-wise guide I would like you to know the difference between the default power plans that are provided by Windows.

  • Balanced (Default): Balanced is the default selected power settings which automatically balances the performance of your computer when need according to the hardware consumption and automatically reduces it when you’re the computer is not in need. This also uses a balanced battery life.
  • Power Saver: Power saver power plan has the settings with lowest power and hardware consumption where possible. It decreases the CPU speed when needed and also decreases the screen brightness for less energy consumption. This power plan will give you maximum battery life.
  • High performance: High-performance power plan has the settings which will provide you with the highest speed of your CPU when needed and may consume more energy than other power plans. This power plan will give you high performance while plugged but may affect the battery life. If you’re not plugged in then it will consume battery life more quickly.

Now let’s start with the step by step guide.

Method 1: From Power Options

Step 1: Open Power Options

Battery icon on taskbar

Right-click on the battery option on your taskbar as shown above.

Power options

From the batter menu, click on the Power Options as highlighted above. This which will open up the Power options from control panel.

power options windows

In Power Option, it says to Choose or Customize a power plan as highlighted above. Now, you can see that there is not much you can choose from (as we’ve discussed before), as there is only a Balanced option under the Selected plan.

Step 2: Create a power plan

Create Power plans

On the left side of the windows, you can see there are some option links listed as highlighted above. Now, choose the Create a power plan option to proceed.

create from existing power plans

Under Create a power plan window you can start creating a customized power plan from an existing plan by first selecting the plan and then giving it a specific name as highlighted above.

Select power saver plan,retype name, click next

To create a customized plan, first, click on the radio button to select the particular power plan and then give it a name under Plan name as shown above. Now, click on the Next button to proceed.

Click create button

Now click on the Create button to create a Power saver plan as shown above.

Select high performance, retype name and click next

Now similarly you can create the High-performance power plan by selecting the option and renaming it as shown above.

click create button

Click on Create button to Create the Power plan.

Step 3: Switch between Preferred Plan

Created plans

Now you can see power plans that were created with Windows default settings are under Plans shown on the battery meter and under Hide additional plans as highlighted above.

Now you can easily switch between the power plans when required.

Method 2: From Windows Mobility Center

Step 1: Open Windows Mobility CenterWindows Mobility Center

From the taskbar, right-click on the battery icon again and then select the Windows Mobility Center from the menu.

Step 2: Change Plan from Battery Status

Battery Status

Now you can find a drop-down menu under Battery Status as highlighted above.

Select from dropdown list

Now even though you haven’t created any power plans, you can still see the Power saver and High-performance options in the drop-down menu as highlighted in the above image.

Select high performance

Now select the High-performance from the list.

select power saver

You can see that it has automatically created a High-Performance plan for you in power options as shown above.

select balanced option

And if you select Power saver option from the list, it will create Power saver plan in power options as shown above. But…

Method 2 power options

If you choose a Balanced option from the list, you can see all the power plans are now vanished from the Power Options as shown above and now you cannot change their plan settings from the power options.

Change Plan Settings to adjust sleep settings

Change Plan settings

To change the default plan settings, you can see that each power plan has a Change plan settings link against them as highlighted above. Now click on the selected power plan’s Change plan settings link as shown above.

On battery and plugged in settings

Under Change settings for the plan, you can see that each settings can be modified for On battery or for Plugged in mode as highlighted above.

Change display time

Click the drop-down button of Turn off display option and select the time to keep your display on if you’re not plugged in. Similarly, you can adjust the display when you’re plugged in.

change sleep time

Click on the drop-down button of put the computer to sleep and select the time you want your computer to go on sleep when it on battery and not in use. Similarly, you can adjust the sleep timing when you’re plugged in.

adjust brightness

You can also adjust the screen brightness either you’re on battery or plugged in. After you’re done with the settings, click on the Save changes button to apply the changes.

Advanced Power options

For detailed customization of power plan, you can do it by clicking on the Change advanced power settings, and then modify changes from the advanced settings pop up dialog box as shown above.

Delete Created plan

You can also delete the created power plan. First, you have to click on the Change plan settings of the power plan that is not selected as shown above.

Delete this plan link

Now click on the Delete this plan link as highlighted above.

Now in the confirmation pop up, click on the OK button to delete the created power plan.

Note: You cannot delete the default power plan.

That’s it! Hope this helped you to adjust power and sleep settings on Windows 10.

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