How to Create Custom Power Plan in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to create custom power plans in Windows 11. A power plan is also known as a power scheme. It is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power.

In our previous post, we showed you how to view active power plans as well as how to change power plans for your Windows 11 devices.

Windows 11 has multiple power plans. In some laptops, you’ll find Balance, Power saving, High performance, and Ultimate performance. Each plan provides different performance benefits and other savings including, improved battery life for laptops, reduced power consumption, and more.

Windows also give you the power to create custom power plans if the above can not meet your needs. The steps below will show you how to do that.

How to create custom power plans in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows 11 comes with multiple power plans. Each plan provides different performance benefits and other savings including, improved battery life for laptops, reduced power consumption, and more.

You can also create your custom power plans if the default plans can not meet your needs.

Below is how one can custom power plans to optimize their device performance or save battery life.

A quick overview of the different power plans available in Windows 11:

  • Balanced = This plan may be the default setting in most environments.
  • Power saver = Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness to help prolong battery life and consume low energy.
  • High performance = Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan consumes a lot of power and may reduce battery life.
  • Ultimate Performance = Only available in the Windows 11 Pro for Workstations edition by default. 
  • Custom = Plans created by users.

To change your device power plan, first, open the classic Control Panel in Windows 11.

Or click Start and search Control Panel. Under best results, select and open the Control Panel App.

control panel in windows 11 search

Next, click Hardware and Sound, and then select Power Options.

windows 11 hardware and sound control panel

The Power Options Control Panel opens, and the power plans appear. Review each power plan.

On the Power Options window, click the link on the left to Create a power plan.

Next, choose an existing plan and give it a name. Balanced is recommended.

Choose the settings you want for your plan and click Create.

When you’re done, a new custom power plan should be available to choose from the list in the Power Options window.

This is how one creates a custom power plan in Windows 11.

That should do it!

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