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How to Change Screen Timeout Duration on Windows 11

Quick Steps:

Open Settings, navigate to System > Power, click on Screen and Sleep, and select the timeout duration from the On battery power, turn off my screen after, and When plugged in, turn off my screen after dropdown menus.

Windows 11 automatically turns off your display after a few minutes of inactivity. This is called Screen Timeout. If you want, you can change the screen timeout duration so that the display turns off sooner, later, or never. In this tutorial, we’ll show you two ways to achieve this. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Adjusting Screen Timeout via the Settings App

Start by pressing the Windows key + I shortcut to open the Settings window. Navigate to System and then to the Power (or Power & Battery on laptops) page in Settings. Here, click on the Screen and Sleep option.

Open Settings and go to Power and then click on Screen and Sleep option

Select a timeout duration of your choice from the below dropdown menus:

  • On battery power, turn off my screen after (option available only on laptops)
  • When plugged in, turn off my screen after

If you don’t want the display to turn off, select Never from both dropdown menus. This will disable the screen timeout function.

Select the screen timeout duration from the top two dropdown menus under the Screen and Sleep section.

Method 2: Using ‘powercfg’ Command

If you’re looking for a command line method, you can use the powercfg command to change the screen timeout setting. This method is especially useful for those who want to create their own scripts, or use the commands as part of other scripts or scheduled events.

Press Windows key + X and choose Terminal (Admin). This opens the Terminal session as an administrator with the PowerShell tab active. Alternatively, you can also search for PowerShell in the Start menu and click on Run as Administrator.

In the Terminal window, run the following commands one after another to adjust the screen timeout duration. Replace Number_Of_Seconds in the commands with the number of seconds you’d like Windows to wait before turning off the display. For instance, if you want Windows to wait for 10 minutes, you should type 600 (10 X 60). If you don’t want the display to turn off when the system is inactive, type 0 in place of Number_Of_Seconds.

  • powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc Number_Of_Seconds
  • powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac Number_Of_Seconds

Click the Close (X) button to close the terminal window.

And there you have it, following any of the two methods shown in this tutorial allows you to adjust the timeout settings on Windows 11. I hope that helps.

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