How to Manage Power Settings of your Computer

The power button and its response on different machines is a mystery to many of the people who don’t know much about the computers. On one system that they use, the power button shuts the whole machine down while on others, it might go to the sleep mode or your machine might hibernate. You can easily customize the role of power button on both your computer as well as laptop. Power management is quite a helpful task for your machine helping it to the best of the abilities to make an excellent use of the resources. You can turn off your computer, send it to sleep or hibernate it using the power button.

You can follow two ways to alter the role of power button in your machine. The first would make you do changes that would imply to all the power plans in your system while the other one would confine to the current power plan only.

Applying same settings to the whole system:

Follow the instructions below to apply the same power button feature to all the power plans in your system:

  • Click Start, then Control Panel.
  • Click on System and Security shortcut and then Power Options.
  • You would land to Select a power plan page, click on Choose what the power button do icon.
  • You would land to the Define power buttons and turn on password protection page, move to the next step that is When I press the power button, you would come up with a number of option that you can make use of by pressing the power button on your computer or laptop.

While in the laptop, you can make different options for the power button while the laptop is connected to the power supply and when the laptop is running on batteries.

  • Save changes, and exit.

Your system would then use the same function for all the power plans within your system when the power button would be pressed.


Applying settings to a specific power plan:

To make changes against the action of Power button in one of your desired power plans, you need to follow the instructions below:

  • Click Start, then Control Panel.
  • Click on System and Security shortcut and then Power Options.
  • You would land to Select a power plan page, click on Change plan settings.
  • Click the Plan that you need to make changes to, and click next.
  • Click Change advanced power settings on the Change settings for the plan page.
  • Expand the Power buttons and lid menu, and then Power button action.
  • Select the action of your choice and choose what you want to do when you press the power button on your computer or laptop.
  • Press OK and exit.

This would make the power button settings altered for a specific power plan while the other power plans would remain the same and power button would serve the same way as specified in the default settings.

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