How to change when the screen turns off

In this guide, we show you how to change when your screen turns off.  Is your screen turning off without you intending it too? There ate a number of reasons why this might be happening, we outline the main the most common below.

How to change when the screen turns off

Why does my screen automatically switch off?

Windows automatically switches off the screen because the screen uses a lot of power whilst on. To preserve battery life, save money, be more eco-friendly and protect your screen.

Microsoft Windows has three main settings which could turn the screen off or put the computer to sleep. Those are power options on battery, mains, and the screen saver.  It can be very annoying if you are in the middle of something and the screen turns off but we are here to help.

Power Options – How to change when the screen turns off

Windows 7

  1. Press the Start key
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Choose Hardware and Sound
  4. Select Power Options
  5. Select Balanced (recommended) if not already selected.
  6. To the right of Balanced (recommended) you will need to click Change plan settings
  7. Now you will be able to enter a time period more suitable to your needs or select Never

Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key to activate the text box on the taskbar.
  2. Type Power Options in the text box on the taskbar and press Enter
  3. Now you will be able to enter a time period more suitable to your needs or select Never

Information about On Battery or Plugged in.

If you are using a laptop, you will notice there are two options, On battery and Plugged in. Obviously, if you are plugged in then you will not be worried about saving battery power as much as if you are outside. There are also two options in which to set times and they are Turn off the display and Put the computer to sleep. Pick what suits your needs

The option to turn off the display cuts power only to the display. The put the computer to sleep option puts the entire computer including the display into a state of hibernation and does not wake back up until you touch a key or move the mouse. You may need to enter your password to wake the computer from sleep mode.

Could it be your screen saver?

If your screen appears to be turning off there is a chance it is just the screen saver turning on to protect the screen.

What is a screen saver?

The computer screen saver is designed to protect your screen. If an image is left on the screen for a long period of time then there is a risk that phosphor burn-in may occur. This is when the screen has dead or discoloured pixels (small dots which do not change colour) or a ghost of the previous image left on the screen.

In order to prevent this, Microsoft Windows has an inbuilt utility called the screen saver. It works by detecting a period of inactivity and then either turning the screen blank or flashes colours around the screen. If your screen appears to be turning off there is a chance it is just the screen saver turning on to protect the screen.

How to adjust your screen saver settings.

  1. Press the Windows key to activate the text box on the taskbar.
  2. Type screen saver in the text box on the taskbar and press Enter
  3. screen saver
  4. The screen saver settings window will open as shown below.
  5. To turn the screen saver off, select (none) from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you could increase the wait time before it starts.

Note: It is worth noting that newer screens are much better protected and the length of time required for burn-in is much greater than usual screen use. We recommend leaving the screen saver enabled but increasing the period of inactivity required.

Information on Brightness Settings

Finally, there are also Brightness settings for laptops. To change the brightness level of the screen depending on if the computer is plugged in or on battery. This setting has nothing to do with the time periods and is a default setting for your computer. However, It makes sense if you are conserving battery to have the brightness slightly lower. Depending on the monitor your using and whether you are on a desktop computer or laptop you may not see the option for brightness click here for more info.

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