How to Set up Sleep Mode on a Windows PC?

The Windows Operating System has the most user-friendly features like screen projects, malware security, theme customization, etc. These features help a lot to increase productivity in our professional work. And also easy to control in personal use.

Today, we are going to see one of the best features among them, that is “sleep mode”. If you hear it for the first time, it may be strange to you that a computer has a sleeping option. But it’s true.

After reading this article, you’ll get to know the complete required information about the ‘sleep mode’ in Windows PC. Here I specified Windows 10 OS. But that doesn’t mean the Windows 7 OS has completely different features.

Windows 10 and 7 have the same settings to access this sleep mode. 

What is sleep mode on a PC?

When a computer stops signaling the monitor, even if the CPU is still running, then the monitor will show the blank screen and after some time the sleep mode will activate based on the time, you set it up.

The computer is in sleep mode means the CPU is working but the monitor and keyboard and mouse are in the off state. To wake up the computer from sleep mode press any key on the keyboard or click on the mouse. Also, you can wake up by pressing the power button.

In this mode, the apps are still running in the background with less power consumption. So, when you wake up the screen by pressing the power button, you can resume your work. The power options will display after you use the shortcut (Alt+F4). Then select sleep (displays shut down by default) and click OK to send your PC to sleep mode.

Other electronic devices are using this sleep mode. But, it is very helpful for computers, especially for laptops. We know laptops are portable devices. So, this is one of the best ways to save power consumption on a laptop.

How to change sleep settings on Windows 10?

We have different options to access the sleep mode settings on Windows 10. With these options, we can customize the sleep mode feature completely.

Just follow the steps to get into the sleep settings.

  • Open the Settings app on your Windows 10 PC. Press the Windows button on your keyboard, the Windows tab will display at the left bottom. There you can find the Settings icon. Click on it.
Settings icon on Windows tab
  • The settings tab will open on your computer. Then select the first option called ‘System.’
  • Go to the ‘Power & Sleep‘ section. The tab will display like this.
Power and Sleep options on Windows 10 PC
  • There you can find two options called Screen and Sleep.
    • Screen – This is a power-saving option for laptops. You can turn off the screen of your PC when you are not using it. This option exists on both desktop PCs and laptops. On laptops, it is a very useful feature.
    • You can set the time from 1 minute to 5 hours. During this time, your PC screen won’t turn off while you are charging the device. If you don’t want your screen to turn off, then select ‘Never.’
    • Sleep – PC goes to sleep automatically when you keep your device idle or not using it. Set the time when the PC will get to sleep from 1 minute to 5 hours. Select ‘Never,’ if you don’t want your PC to get into sleep mode.
    • Sleep is a highly recommended feature for laptop users to save unwanted power usage. In desktop PCs, we are using AC as input to the system. So, there is no need to worry about the power consumption in desktop PCs.

NOTE: Here I choose ‘Never’ for sleep mode. That means I turned off the automatic action of my PC. However, if you want this automatic action, use it. I use a keyboard shortcut so that I can protect my PC from others’ access. You can find the shortcut in the coming section.

These are simple and direct accessing settings. To find the complete customization, you need to get into the control panel settings.

On the same ‘Power & Sleep‘ page, you can find an option called ‘Additional power settings on the right side. Click on it.

It will get you directly to the ‘Power Options‘ on the control panel.

Choose the required power plan
Choose the balanced power plan

Here, you can select the power plan for your system. I recommend you choose ‘Balanced’ for your laptop PC. For desktop PC, select ‘High performance‘ to maximize your system performance.

On the left side of the same page, you may find different options. Among them, select ‘Choose what the power buttons do.’ There you can find power and sleep button settings. Here I select ‘Hibernate‘ for both power and sleep button functions.

We can find the complete information about the ‘Hibernate’ function in Windows with one completely decent article. I am a desktop user, so I choose these options. If you’re a desktop user too, use these options for better performance.

Under Shutdown settings, four options are there. Fast setup, Sleep, Hibernate, and Lock.

activate hibernate option
Unlock hibernate option

By default, Windows doesn’t keep all these options active. So, to activate Hibernate and Sleep features, click on ‘change settings that are currently unavailable.’ Then you can activate these features on your PC.

NOTE: Only admins can access these settings. If you’re an admin, you can find these features, otherwise, ask the admin to change them.

After activating all the four features, don’t forget to click on ‘Save changes.’

Now you’ll find Hibernate and Sleep options on your Shut down page.

To find the shutdown options, click on the power icon that is located at the bottom of the settings icon on the Windows tab.

Power options on Windows 10

How to put a computer to sleep with a keyboard shortcut?

There is another way to find the shutdown page and shutting down your PC means getting your PC into sleep mode this way.

This is a keyboard shortcut method. The shortcut is ‘Alt+F4.’ Use this shortcut on your desktop. You’ll see the shutdown options. The Hibernate and sleep options only display after you activate them in the control panel settings. Select ‘Sleep’ from the displayed options and click ‘Ok.’ Now your PC will go to sleep mode.

Shut down menu

When you use a keyboard shortcut Alt+F4, the shut down options will display

NOTE: When you are using software, don’t use this shortcut (Alt+F4) to get the shutdown options. If you do so, instead of getting shut down options, the software that you are using will get closed. Just minimize the tabs and use this shortcut on the desktop.

I can use another way for my PC to get to sleep. This is not a complete sleep action. Instead, I just lock the system by using the keyboard shortcut called ‘Windows Key+L.’

There are some advantages to why I’m choosing this manual method.

  • After using this shortcut, your PC gets locked and you don’t need to press the power button to wake it up.
  • The other advantage is your PC is locked instantly. So, no one can access your data in a very short time.
  • You can use this shortcut anytime, irrespective of your work.

If you like these advantages, use the manual action to lock your PC. Otherwise, go with the automatic one by choosing a time to sleep on your PC.

How to wake up the computer from sleep mode?

To wake up the computer from sleep mode, you need to press the power button. In some PCs, the mouse and keyboard actions will wake up your PC from sleep mode. For laptops, you just open the lid to wake it up. However, it’s your wish to set a password requirement for your PC or not. Most people keep password protection to save their data from others.

How long can I leave my computer in sleep mode?

There is no time limit to keep your PC in sleep mode. But, it’s better to use this feature for 30 minutes. If you took so much time to wake up your PC for over an hour, then just keep it on Hibernate mode. By this, you can save a lot of power. The PC components like CPU fans have a limited lifespan. So don’t waste it.

How to turn off sleep mode in Windows 10?

The simple way to turn off sleep mode on your PC is by selecting Never on the ‘Power and Sleep’ section in settings. You can find the same settings on the control panel. To access it, type ‘control panel’ on the search bar >> select System settings >> Then select ‘Change when the computer sleeps’ under Power Options >> For an option ‘Put the computer to sleep’ select ‘Never.’ Now you turn off sleep mode on your PC.

Is sleep mode bad for PCs?

Obviously not. Sleep mode is one of the most useful features in the Windows 10 Operating System. With this automatic feature, you can protect your PC and save its power consumption.

However, if you don’t like it, just turn off sleep mode on your PC. It is not a compulsory option to use in Windows 10.

Turn Off password protection to wake up your PC 

There are other ways to turn off password protection. But what I’m telling now is the simple way to do it. Follow these steps.

Turn Off password protection when you wake up from sleep mode
  • Open Settings on your PC.
  • Select the ‘Accounts‘ option from the menu.
  • On the top left, you can find ‘Sign-in options.’ Click on it.
  • From the listed options, choose ‘Require Sign-in.’ Under that, shift the priority from ‘When PC wakes up from sleep’ to ‘Never.’
  • That’s all. Now your PC doesn’t ask for a password when you wake up.

Conclusion :

Let me hope that I provide the complete information that you need to know about the ‘sleep mode Windows 10.’ If I forgot something, remember me with your comment.

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