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How to Enable Sleep Mode in Windows 10 to Save Power

The Windows 10 sleep mode puts your PC or laptop to sleep when you are not using it. Here are the exact steps to enable sleep mode in Windows 10.

For the longest time, Windows computers have a neat feature called Sleep mode. When enabled, the system will automatically go to sleep when you don’t use the computer for an extended period of time. Unlike the full shutdown, the biggest benefit of the Sleep mode is that you can resume the system almost instantly by pressing the power button and start where you left off.

Enabling the sleep mode in Windows 10 not only saves the overall power consumption but might also protect your system from unauthorized use. This is especially true if you left the system without locking it first.

Generally, the sleep mode in Windows 10 is enabled by default. It is automatically activated if you don’t use the computer or laptop for at least half an hour. For laptops, the system is put to sleep as soon as you close the lid. However, if the sleep mode is disabled or not configured properly, follow the steps given below to enable sleep mode in Windows 10.

Steps to Enable Sleep Mode in Windows 10

Users should follow these steps to enable the sleep mode in Windows 10.

  1. First, click on the “Start” button on the taskbar.
  2. Now, click on the “Gear” icon to open the Settings app.
  3. In the Settings app, go to the “System” page.
  4. Here, select “Power & Sleep“. You can see that on the left panel.
  5. Select the time frame from the dropdown menu under the Sleep selection.
  6. For example, to put the system to sleep after 1 hour, select 1 hour from the dropdown menu.
  7. The settings are automatically saved.
  8. Close the Settings app.

That is all. From now on, Windows 10 will automatically sleep according to the configuration in your Settings app. If you ever need to increase or decrease the time limit, use the same dropdown menu as shown in step 5. You can also manually put the system into sleep mode by right-clicking on the start menu and selecting “Shut down or sign out → Sleep” option.

Regular Sleep Mode vs Hybrid Sleep Mode

Windows 10 by default uses the HybridSleep mode. This mode is a bit different from regular sleep mode. i.e, it is a hybrid between Hibernate and Sleep.

In general, the regular sleep mode won’t allow you to turn off the power completely. If you do power off, the paused state is lost. However, in the HybridSleep mode, you can safely turn off the system. Simply put, you get the best of both worlds.

Do keep in mind that if there are any incompatible programs, Windows automatically switches to the regular sleep mode over the hybrid sleep mode.

That is all for this guide.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. Did you know what you can wake the computer from sleep using a mouse or keyboard?

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