Sleep power and sleep options on Windows 10
Power settings 101

How to change sleep power settings on Windows 10

Do you need to save energy on your laptop or customize the power settings on your desktop? Here's a quick way to do this on Windows 10.

Whether you’re using a laptop or desktop computer, Windows 10 includes power settings that allows you to specify precisely when to turn off the display or send the device to sleep to save energy.

Although these settings would usually apply to laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 devices, the ability to adjust the power settings can also come in handy on desktop computers to prevent the screen to go off automatically or enter into a low-power state after stepping out of the office for several minutes.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to change the basic power settings on Windows 10.

How to adjust screen power option using Settings

Use these steps to decide when the screen should turn off automatically on Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Power & sleep.

  4. Use the “Screen” drop-down menu and select when the display should turn off after inactivity. (You can select the Never option to prevent the screen from turning off.)

    Change screen timing on Windows 10
    Change screen timing on Windows 10

Once you complete the steps, the display will go off after the number of minutes of inactivity that you specified.

How to adjust sleep power option using Settings

Use these steps to decide when your device should enter into sleep mode:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Power & sleep.

  4. Use the “Sleep” drop-down menu and select when the device should enter into sleep mode to conserve power. (You can select the Never option to prevent the device from turning off.)

    Change sleep timing on Windows 10
    Change sleep timing on Windows 10

After you complete the steps, your computer will enter into sleep mode after the minutes of inactivity that you specified.

If you’re changing the power and sleep settings on a laptop, you’ll have the option to adjust the settings when your device is plugged in as well as when the device is running in battery.

Also, we’re focusing this guide on the basic power settings. If you’re using a laptop or tablet, it’s possible to adjust the battery power settings, which are located in the “Battery” settings page.