Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated February 11, 2019)
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. If the pre-defined power management plans in Windows don't meet your needs, you can create your own custom plan. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Power Options screen.
Figure 2. The Create a Power Plan screen.
Figure 3. The Edit Plan Settings screen.
This tip (10717) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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