Putting your computer into sleep mode or just turning off the display after so many minutes of activity are just a couple of the settings that will not only improve the performance of your computer, but also help save on energy costs.
Regardless of your Windows operating system, go to your control panel and click “Power Options.”
First, look at the power plans available for your computer. Typically, you can choose from “Balanced,” “Power saver” and “High performance.” Your computer manufacturer may also have other settings included. I recommend selecting “High performance.” I must admit, I haven’t really noticed a difference in the “Power saver” option, so I always change this setting for top performance when I tune up computers. Make your choice and then click “Change plan settings” to the right.
Next, you can select how long before your display turns off and when to put the computer to sleep after so many minutes of inactivity. Make your choices and then click the “Change advanced power settings” link below.
You will find numerous settings within this box, but many of them you will not need to adjust from their default settings. Scroll down and click “Power buttons and lid.” Here you can set what happens when you push the power button and sleep button. When you push the power button, you can have it: “Do nothing,” “Sleep,” “Hibernate” or “Shut down.” I have this setting at “Shut down,” but you choose whatever you find helpful. Also, choose an option for your sleep button. I personally don’t use the sleep mode on my computers and so my setting is on “Do nothing,” but again, you choose what you are comfortable with.
Browse through the other options and see if there are any others you want to customize. Make your choices and click “OK,” and then click “Save changes.” You can close the power options window by clicking the “X” in the upper-right corner.
If you find your settings need adjustments, you can go back into the power options in the control panel and make your changes.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 14 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@MicroScottPro.com.