How to change when the screen turns off

In this guide, we show you how to change when the screen turns off.  If you have not pressed a key or moved the mouse for a period of time then Windows will automatically turn off your screen.

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. Windows has two options to turn the screen off or put the computer to sleep.

This can be annoying and we are here to help. If you would like to know how to change when the screen turns off, follow the instructions below.

How to change when the screen turns off

  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. Depending on which version of Windows you are using you will see different results. In Windows 10 it will take you straight to the settings, for Windows 7 see below.
  4. Select Balanced (recommended) if not already selected.
  5. To the right of Balanced (recommended) you will need to click Change plan settings
  6. 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.

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. It makes sense if you are conserving battery to have the brightness slightly lower. Depending on which version of Windows you are using you may not see the option for brightness click here for more info.

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