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How to change and customize Windows 10 sleep settings

For a desktop PC, the sleep settings are less of an issue because you're not restricted by a battery. Notebooks and mobile devices are different, requiring conservative sleep settings to get as much juice from the battery as possible. You don't want your laptop draining power when you're not using it, so here's how you can easily configure sleep settings in Windows 10.

Changing sleep times in Windows 10

You can modify your Windows sleep settings with the following steps:

  1. Open up search by hitting the Windows Key + Q shortcut.
  2. Type "sleep" and select "Choose when the PC sleeps".

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  1. You should see two options:
    • Screen: Configure when the screen goes to sleep.
    • Sleep: Configure when the PC will hibernate.
  2. Set the time for both using the drop-down menus.

If you're using a laptop, there are actually four options that fall into two categories: one for when you're on battery and the other for when you're plugged in. The former will see Windows 10 act accordingly when the PC is draining the battery, while the latter will affect times when you're plugged into an outlet. These should be altered so you can get the most out of the available power.

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Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

1 Comment
  • I like that. A whole article on putting Windows to sleep as MS ramps up the retrenching even to its cloud services. The sarcasm is strong with this one...