Shut down, Sleep, Hibernate or Change the Power Plan in Windows 10

Shut down, Sleep, Hibernate or Change the Power Plan in Windows 10

Table of Contents:

  1. Shut down
  2. Sleep
  3. Hibernate
  4. Change the power plan

This article details how to shut down, sleep and hibernate, and how to change the power plan in Windows 10

Shut down

To turn your PC off completely:

  1. Select Start then select Power > Shut down.


Sleep mode uses very little power. Your PC technically stays on, but all actions on your PC are stopped, any open documents and applications are put in memory. You can quickly resume normal operation within a few seconds. Use sleep mode when you’re going to be away from your PC for a short period of time.

To make your PC sleep:

  1. Select Start, then select Settings > System > Power & Sleep > Additional power settings.
  2. Perform one of the following:
    • If you’re using a desktop, tablet, or laptop, select Choose what the power buttons do. Next to When I press the power button, select Sleep, and then select Save changes.
    • If you’re using only a laptop, select Choose what closing the lid does. Next to When I close the lid, select Sleep, and then select Save changes.
  3. Press the power button on your desktop, tablet, or laptop, or close your laptop's lid to make your PC sleep.
Note: You can resume working by either pressing your PC's power button, pressing any key on the keyboard, clicking a mouse button, or opening the lid on a laptop. For more details about your PC, please go to the system manuals at


Hibernate mode uses less power than sleep mode and is usually available for laptops. It takes a bit longer to resume than sleep mode does, but it will resume everything where you left off once the PC is powered back on. Use hibernate mode when you won’t be using your PC for an extended period of time.

To hibernate your PC:

  1. Select Start, then select Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings.
  2. Select Choose what the power button does, and then select Change settings that are currently unavailable. Under Shutdown settings, select the Hibernate checkbox (if it's available), and then select Save changes.
  3. You can hibernate your PC by selecting Start, and then select Power > Hibernate.
Note: For further reading on the introduction of Modern Standby please read this Microsoft document on the topic and the changes in standby behavior.

Change the power plan

To change the power plan in Windows 10, perform these actions:

  1. At the desktop, click the Search the web and Windows box and type "sleep".
  2. Select Power and Sleep settings, then select Additional power settings at the bottom of the screen.
    The Power Options window appears.
  3. Select Balanced (recommended), Power saver, or select Create a power plan on the left side of the screen.
  4. Customize your plan settings as desired.

Article ID: SLN297929

Last Date Modified: 08/13/2019 08:12 PM

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