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How to Choose When Windows 10 Turns Off Your Screen


Leaving your computer screen on for extended periods of time wastes power—and, on a laptop, battery life. Thankfully, Windows 10 makes it super easy to decide how long the screen should stay on.

Windows 10 lets you decide how long the screen will stay on when the PC is plugged in and when it’s running off the battery. Of course, if you’re using a desktop PC, you won’t see the option for battery power.

First, click the Start Menu and select the gear icon to open the Settings. (You can also open the Settings window by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard.)

start menu-windows-10

Next, select System

Select Power & Sleep from the sidebar.


If you’re using a desktop, you’ll see one drop-down for When Plugged In under both Screen and Sleep, while if you’re using a laptop or tablet, you’ll see a second drop-down for On Battery Power.

To control when the screen turns off, select a drop-down under Screen.

screen turns off

Now, select one of the time lengths to decide how long the screen will stay on.

time length

Do this for both On Battery Power and When Plugged In if you have them. That’s all there is to it.

Keep in mind that the screen turning off is not the same as Sleep. The PC is still on even when the screen is off, so make sure to customize the Sleep settings, too.

Joe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has close to a decade of experience covering consumer technology and previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews.

Joe Fedewa Staff Writer at How-To Geek

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