How to Create New Power Plan on Windows 10

For better control over the power plan, you can create a new custom power plan in Windows. Here are the steps you should follow to do so.

By default, Windows has two different power plans. They are the Balanced power plan and the High-Performance power plan. When needed, you can quickly switch between these power plans to meet your current workflow as efficiently as possible.

As the names imply, the balanced power plan gives you a good balance between power consumption and performance while the high-performance plan prioritizes performance over power consumption. For the vast majority of users, these two default power plans are pretty much all they need. Mainly because most workflows fit into these two power plans.

However, if you have a special use case, you can create a new power plan in the Windows Control Panel. With the new custom power plan, you can customize the sleep settings, display settings, battery settings, custom background settings, etc. The custom power plan is also useful if you don’t want to modify an existing power plan. Once you have a new power plan, you can then switch to it from the same Control Panel or from using a command-line script.

In this quick guide, let me share with you the steps to create a new power plan in Windows from Control Panel.

Steps to create new power plan in Windows

To create a new power plan, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Set “View by” to “Large icons”.
  3. Find and click on the “Power options” link.
  4. Click on the “Create power plan” link.
  5. Type a name in the field and click “Next”.
  6. Click the “Create” button.

Detailed steps

As I said before, you can create a new power plan directly from the control panel itself. Here are detailed steps you should follow.

1. First, open the Control Panel. You can do that by searching for “Control Panle” in the Start menu.

2. After opening the control panel window, click on the “Power options” option. If you cannot find the option, make sure that the “View by” appearing at the top-right corner is set to “Small icons” or “Large icons”.

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3. In the power options page, click on the “Create power plan” link on the left sidebar.

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4. Now, type a name in the Name field. You can name the power plan anything you want. Just make sure that it is not too long. Click on the “Next” button to continue.

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5. The new plan takes the Balanced plan as the base. So, you will see the default settings for “Turn off display” and “Sleep” options already set. Let the defaults be for now and click on the “Create” button.

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That is all. As soon as you click the Create button, the new power plan is created. In fact, the new power plan is automatically activated. You can see that in the Control Panel.

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If you want to, you can customize the newly created power plan by clicking on the “Change plan settings” link.

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To change advanced power settings, click on the “Change advanced power settings” link.

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This action will open the advanced settings window where you can change the sleep, hibernation, display, battery, and other settings.

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Delete power plan in Windows

If you no longer need the custom power plan, you can delete it just as easily. Follow the below steps.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Set “View by” to “Large icons”.
  3. Find and click on the “Power options” link.
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  4. If the plan you want to delete is currently active, select another plan.
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  5. Next, click on the “Change plan settings” link.
  6. Click the “Delete this plan” link in this page.
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That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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