How to manage the power consumption of your PC

Power management is one of the aspects of your PC you never really think about until you need to change them. The default settings in Windows are good, but they may not be appropriate for everyone or not ideal in certain situations.

Therefore, Microsoft has made it quite easy to change them. Let’s say you want to download a file that will take a couple of hours to finish. It’s late and you don’t want to wait for it to finish. Your PC would probably get into sleep mode if you do not adjust the power settings for your computer. And that will cause that the download will not finish.

Manage power settings on Windows 7 & 8

Here we’ll explain how you can deal with a similar situation.
Click on the battery icon in the taskbar to start.
If you’re running Windows 8 or later on a laptop, you should see a battery icon in your system tray at the far right of the taskbar. It can be hidden in a pop-up window at an up arrow.

Click the icon and a window will appear in which you see current power settings. Click More power options at the bottom of the window to open the Control Panel.
Power management control panel

Windows 7 also has a battery icon, but you can also end up in the next step by opening the Control Panel and select Power Options in the view of the large icons.

In the Control Panel, you can see all the different preset power plans offered by your computer, including Balanced, Power saver, and High Performance.

However, we want to create our own plan. On the right side of the window, click Create a power plan.

Create new power plan Windows
Give the new power plan a new to continue.

On the next screen, you have to name the energy plan and choose an existing plan as a template. Warning: the plan that you choose here will be replaced by a new plan that you create. You can still change to the original plan in the Control Panel under Hidden additional plans, but it will not be available from the taskbar. Click Next when you’re set.

Now you can choose all the power options that you want. In our sample plan, we have chosen to turn off the screen after 30 minutes to an hour, depending on whether the device was plugged in or not. But we did not want the computer went into sleep mode, so we selected Neverfor both On battery and Plugged.

Power plan options
Power plan options.

Click Create when you have the settings you want and you’re done.

You will then go to the screen with the power options in the Control Panel, where your new plan is activated.

When you want to switch energy plan again, this can be done by clicking the battery icon in the taskbar or by opening the Control Panel.