How to Turn On or Off Power Settings Compliance for Indexing in Windows 11

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The article describes how to alter the “Respect power settings when indexing” feature in Windows 11 to extend battery life. This setting, found in the ‘Privacy & security’ section, can be toggled to respect power settings when indexing, which shuts down indexing during power-saving modes. The guide also includes instructions on how to use the…

This post explains how to turn or turn off “Respect power settings when indexing” in Windows 11.

To return faster results when users are searching for files, emails, or other local content, Windows indexes those content on the local computer.

There are two indexing options in Windows 11: Classic and Enhanced indexing options. Users can add locations using the Classic indexing option to include other content.

One can use additional settings with Windows indexing to turn on or off “Respect power settings when indexing.” When enabled, Windows Search will stop indexing new content while in battery saver mode or when other power-saving features are turned on.

This will help save and extend your device’s battery life.

Turn on or off Respect power settings when indexing in Windows 11

As described above, additional settings users can use to enhance their device’s battery life is to turn on “Respect power settings when indexing” in Windows 11.

Here’s how to turn it on or off in Windows 11.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the Settings app. Or you can launch the Settings app using the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I).

windows 11 new settings button
windows 11 new settings button

When the Settings app opens, click the Privacy & security button on the left.

Windows Privacy and security button in Settings
Windows Privacy and security button in Settings

On the right, click the Searching Windows tile to expand.

Windows Searching Windows tile in Settings updated
Windows Searching Windows tile in Settings updated

On the Privacy & security -> Search Windows settings pane, under Indexing status, select the “Respect power settings when indexing” tile and toggle the button to the On position to enable the setting.

To disable it, toggle the button to the Off position.

Windows repect power settings when indexing button
Windows respects power settings when indexing the button

You can exit the Settings app.

Turn on or off Respect power settings when indexing via Windows Registry Editor

Alternatively, when indexing, you can use the Windows Registry Editor to enable or disable Windows Search to respect your device’s power settings.

First, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gather\Windows\SystemIndex

If you don’t see the SystemIndex folder key, right-click on the Windows parent key, then create the subkey (SystemIndex) folder.

Windows repect power settings when indexing registry
Windows respects power settings when indexing the registry

Right-click on the SystemIndex folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named RespectPowerModes.

Double-click the new value name (RespectPowerModes) and enter the Value data of 1 so Windows Search can respect your device’s power settings when indexing.

A Value data of 0 will tell Windows Search not to respect your device’s power settings when indexing.

Windows repect power settings when indexing registry value data
Windows respects power settings when indexing registry value data

Save your changes and exit. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn “Respect power settings when indexing” on or off in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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