Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated February 4, 2019)
It's obvious that your computer uses power; it has to in order to operate properly. You can, however, minimize the amount of power your computer uses by changing Windows' power settings. You can access those settings in this manner:
Figure 1. The Power Options screen.
Most modern computers allow Windows to control both the computer itself (including the hard drive) and the display monitor. These components can be set to automatically "turn off" after varying amounts of inactivity. Windows offers three power management plans that you can select in step 4:
This tip (10716) applies to Windows 7 and 10.
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