Best Tips and Tricks for Windows 11 Sleep Settings

Windows 11 offers several sleep settings to choose from. By modifying sleep options on your laptop, you can set a period after which the computer goes to sleep automatically to save power. One can even set a condition to put the laptop to sleep when closing the lid. Here are the best tips and tricks for Windows 11 sleep settings.

1. Select the Duration After Which the Laptop Sleeps

This is quite helpful for many out there. At times, users simply forget to put the laptop to sleep. The laptop is still running and consuming power even when you aren’t working. You set a time duration after which the computer will go into sleep mode itself. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Launch Windows 11 Settings menu (use Windows + I keys).

Step 2: Go to System and open the Power & Battery menu.

Step 3: Here, the laptop is expected to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity on battery and 30 minutes when plugged into a power outlet.

15 minutes can be too much and you might be looking at battery drain if there are many tasks running in the background. Click on duration and reduce it to 5 minutes or 10 minutes. If you want, you can increase it to 3 hours as well.

2. Put Laptop to Sleep When Closing the Lid

Most users simply forget to put their laptops to sleep after getting some work done. They close the lid, assuming the laptop will go to sleep. However, that’s not true. You need to make a tweak in Control Panel here. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and type ‘edit power plan’. Hit the Enter key and open the Control Panel menu.

Step 2: Select Power Options at the top.

Step 3: Click on Choose what closing the lid does or Choose when to turn off the display (on PC).

Step 4: From When I close the lid menu, select Sleep in the On Battery option.

3. Disable Mouse or Trackpad from Waking Up the PC

We can’t tell you how many times we have woken up the PC after shaking a mouse or accidentally touching the trackpad. You can easily stop the behavior from the Device Manager menu.

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows key and open the Device Manager.

Step 2: Expand the Mice and other pointing devices menu.

Step 3: Right-click on TouchPad or Mouse device.

Step 4: Select Properties from the context menu.

Step 5: Click on the Power Management tab.

Step 6: Disable the Allow this device to wake the computer option.

Hit OK at the bottom and close the menu.

4. Disable Hybrid Sleep on Computer

Many Windows OEMs ship their laptops with hybrid sleep settings that can bring issues to your device. It’s time to disable it from the Control Panel menu.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Control Panel.

Step 2: Hit the Enter key and open the menu. Select Hardware and Sound.

Step 3: Click on Power Options.

Step 4: From your PC’s recommended settings, select Change plan settings.

Step 5: Select Change advanced power settings from the following menu.

Step 6: Expand the Sleep menu.

Step 7: Expand Allow hybrid sleep and disable On battery and Plugged in option.

5. Create a Custom Power Plan

Windows 11 offers a way to create a custom power plan as well. Let’s make one from the Control Panel menu.

Step 1: Open Control Panel (refer to the steps above).

Step 2: Go to Hardware and Sound and select Power Options.

Step 3: Select Create a power plan from the side menu.

Step 4: Give your plan a custom name and hit the Next button.

Step 5: Select custom power settings for your device and hit the Create button.

Manage Power Settings on Your Computer

It’s good to see Microsoft not messing up robust Windows 10 sleep settings in the Windows 11 update. Whenever we get a new Windows device, we first disable the touchpad and mouse from waking up the computer. You can also go ahead with creating a custom power plan for your laptop.  

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