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Customizing the appearance of Windows 10

Adjusting timeout settings

After a certain interval of inactivity, Windows will go to sleep. When your computer is asleep, you must click the Lock screen and then type a password or PIN on the subsequent sign-in screen to access your computer. You might find it disruptive if this happens after a very short interval. Conversely, if Windows waits a long time before it goes to sleep, you might end up draining your laptop battery of power unnecessarily.

You can control how quickly your computer goes to sleep or turns off when it’s running on battery power or plugged into a power outlet. Another way in which you can conserve power is by turning your screen off while still leaving the computer on. Although this doesn’t save as much energy as when the computer goes to sleep, one benefit of turning off the screen is that it doesn’t stop existing apps (such as the Groove Music app) from working, whereas putting your computer to sleep stops apps from running and requires you to sign in again.

Choose when your screen times out

  1. In Settings, choose Personalization, and then click Lock Screen.

  2. Scroll down and click Screen Timeout Settings.

  3. Click a drop-down list to choose a time interval for when the screen turns off while running on battery or when plugged in.

  4. Click a drop-down list to choose a time interval for when the computer goes to sleep while running on battery or when plugged in.