Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated February 18, 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. Windows even allows you to create your own custom power management plans. At some point, however, you may want to get rid of a custom plan that you no longer need. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Power Options screen.
Figure 2. The Edit Plan Settings screen.
Remember that you can only delete custom power management plans—those you've added to Windows. You cannot delete the built-in power management plans (Balanced, High Performance, Power Saver, or any created by your computer manufacturer).
This tip (10718) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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