Windows 10 also comes with the Power Plan, which is by default set on Balanced. However, users can change the settings to work longer with limited battery or choose advance settings to consume more power. When the system is on battery, you can opt for shorter time to go on a sleep mode and low brightness for display to save power. When it is connected to the power outlet you can set the system to awake longer and up the brightness accordingly. Windows detect the change in power source and changes the profile automatically after settings the power plan.
There are several ways to open power options and you can try any of them to access the tool and modify Advanced Power Settings over there.
- You can click on the Power icon located on the right side in the notification area
- Then click on Power & sleep settings to launch Power Settings
- Right Click on the same Power icon in the notification area
- Then select Power Options from the list
- Go to Control Panel
- Click on View by on the right hand top corner and select Small/Large icon
- Click on Power option from the list
- Hold the Windows key and X
- Select Power Option from the list
How to Change Settings?
Once you access power option through any of the above mentioned ways, you see your default power plan selected. If you wish to make any change in the settings then follow the steps given below.
- Click on the link of Change Plan Settings
Note: If you open the Power Settings by following the first method, then you need to click on Additional Power Settings > Change Plan Settings at the bottom to get the same screen.
- Click on the link of change Advance Power Settings
- Another small windows will pop up from where you can adjust the power settings as per your requirement.
- Once you finish making changes, click OK.
Let us inform that if you have a laptop or a tablet that runs on a battery or have a UPS for the computer, then you can also change settings for situations like, when the device is on battery or plugged in.
How to Change Screen and Sleep settings in Current Power Plan?
You can determine when the screen will turn off or when the PC will go into the sleep mode by following the steps given below.
- Launch settings app from the start menu or by just typing Settings on Cortana and selecting the result
- Click on Power and Sleep located on the left side
- Use the drop down menu next to each option and change timings as per your requirement
- Once finished, close the Settings app to save changes.
How to Create a new Power Plan?
- Right Click on Start Menu
- Select Power Options from the List
- Click on Create a Power Plan
- Choose a name for the custom power plan
- Change the Settings using drop down menu and moving the slider
- Click on Create
Create Command Prompt Shortcut to Switch Power Plan
You can create and execute command line shortcut to switch the power plan quickly, but before you do so, you need to know the unique GUID assigned to each power plan. In order to get the information of every configured power plan and their respective GUIDs you need to,
- Right Click on Start Menu
- Select Command Prompt (admin) from the list
- Type powercfg /l
- The list of power schemes along with their GUIDs will appear on the screen, make a note of the GUID of the power plan for which you are going to create the shortcut.
- Open a notepad and type powercfg /s <GUID of that power plan>
- Save this file with. cmd extension and the name of the power scheme so that you can recognize it later. For example High Performance.cmd
It is advisable to save the file on the desktop to access it easily. Each time when you will run this file, it will automatically switch to the corresponding power plan.