Windows provides several options for conserving power when you are not using your PC.
These options include Sleep, Hibernate, and Hybrid Sleep, and are particularly useful if you have a laptop.
Below is how to put your computer in sleep or hibernation mode, and even waking it up.
How to Put Your Computer In Sleep or Hibernation Mode
In Windows 10, the Hibernate and Sleep options are accessed using the Power button on the Start menu.In Windows 7, the Sleep and Hibernate options are accessed using the arrow button next to the Shut down button on the Start menu.
How to Wake Your Computer from Sleep or Hibernation
Most computers can be woken up by pressing the power button. However, every computer is different. You might need to press a key on the keyboard, click a mouse button, or lift the laptop’s lid. Refer to your computer’s documentation or the manufacturer’s website for information about waking it from a power-saving state.
How to Enable and Disable the Hybrid Sleep Option
To enable or disable the Hybrid Sleep Option, open the Control Panel. To do this in Windows 10, click the Search icon on the Taskbar, type control panel, and then click “Control Panel” in the search results.In Windows 7, select “Control Panel” on the Start menu.
By default, Windows requires a password to access the computer when you wake it up from a power saving state.
The first heading in the list box is the name of the power plan chosen in the drop-down list above the list box. Click the plus sign (or double-click on the heading) to expand the heading and select “Off” from one or both of the drop-down lists under the heading.
At this point, you can click “OK” to save your changes. However, if you want to prevent your computer from automatically sleeping or hibernating, leave the Power Options dialog box open, as we will use it again in the next section.
How to Prevent Your Computer from Automatically Sleeping or Hibernating
You can also change the amount of time before your computer goes into sleep or hibernate mode, or turn off each mode completely. Here’s how to do this.
NOTE: If you are using a battery-powered laptop, be careful when changing the time before your computer goes into sleep or hibernate mode, or when turning off the sleep or hibernate mode completely. If the battery dies when you’re in the middle of working on the computer, you can lose data.If the Power Options dialog box is not currently open, open it as discussed above.
Double-click on the “Sleep” heading, and then double-click on “Sleep After”. If you’re using a laptop, click “On Battery” or “Plugged In” to activate the edit box. Click the down arrow until “Never” is selected. You can also type a 0 into the edit box, which is the equivalent of “Never”.
If you want the display to stay on, double-click on the “Display” heading and then double-click “Turn Off Display After” and change the “On Battery” and “Plugged In” values to “Never”. Or, you can specify a different amount of time after which the display will turn off.Click “OK” to save your changes, and then click the “X” button in the upper-right corner of the Control Panel window to close it.
Now you can be smart in your choice of power-saving modes. If you’re using a laptop computer, the best option is most likely Hibernate, because it saves the most power compared to Sleep and Hybrid Sleep.