How to Change When to Put Computer to Sleep in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change when a computer goes to sleep when using Windows 11. Sleep idle timeout specifies the duration of inactivity before the system automatically enters sleep.

When your computer goes to sleep, the power usage is reduced, allowing users to save their work and sessions without worrying about losing them. Your PC can also start up faster and get to you back instantly from where you left off once the PC wakes up from sleep.

On most PCs, one can resume using the power button. In many cases, pressing any key on the keyboard or opening a lid on the laptop may wake the PC from sleep.

Below is how to change your PC sleep settings so that it automatically goes into sleep mode when idle in Windows 11.

How to change when a computer goes to sleep in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Sleep idle timeout specifies the duration of inactivity before the system automatically enters sleep. If your computer is going to sleep to soon or want to adjust the sleep settings so that the PC isn’t sleeping at all, follow the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System > Power & battery tile to expand it.

windows 11 change sleep settings

On the System > Power & battery settings pane, under Power, click Screen and sleep tile to expand it.

windows 11 system power and battery screen and sleep

On the Screen and sleep tile, you will find two power options:

  • On battery power, put my device to sleep after
  • When plugged in, put my device to sleep after

Choose the desire time you wish to put your computer to sleep whether on battery or plugged into power.

windows screen and sleep settings updated

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the the sleep setting on your computer. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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