I’m using a laptop for my daily work, and depending on whether I’m running on battery or not, I’d like to have different settings for screen timeout, hard-drive usage, sleep timing, and so on. Does Windows provide settings that let me control this behavior?
Windows provides full-featured support for managing different power states based on whether you’re plugged in or not. In addition, you can also make power management decisions based on the time of day: For example, you might want to have the power settings work differently during the normal work day than you do at nights or on weekends. The feature is powerful, and its name is Power Plans.
To get started, open the Windows Control Panel, and select Power Options. Once there, you’ll find some built-in, default power plans. You can modify these power plans, or you can create your own. Choose “Create a power plan” to create a new plan; choose “Change plan settings” to modify an existing plan. You can determine how long to wait before turning off the display, and how long to wait before putting the computer to sleep, in the basic plan settings. Click “Change advanced power settings” to modify other settings, like how long to wait before putting the hard drive to sleep, and whether to wake the computer based on mouse activity. You always have the option to restore power plan default settings, so don’t worry about messing things up!
For more information on creating and modifying power plans, check out the article here: http:// windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/power-plans-faq.
Power Plan options.