Create and Customize a Power Plan in Windows 10

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Utilizing Power Plans in Windows 10 is an excellent way to both maximize your system's performance and its battery life. A Power Plan dictates how much power your computer consumes when using specific hardware and system components.

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For example, if you have a laptop and need to be on battery for extended periods of time, you may wish to minimize your device's usage of the display or WiFi adapter. In Windows 10, a correctly configured Power Plan can go along ways regarding extending the life of your battery. On the other hand, if you're plugged into an electrical outlet or using a desktop, you may want to maximize how your computer uses various hardware and system options.

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By default, Windows 10 comes with three preset power plans; Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance, all three of which can be customized to accommodate your desired power consumption.

In the following VisiHow guide, we're going to walk through the steps in creating, customizing, and deleting a power plan. For this article, we used a Sager laptop running Windows 10 Professional.


Create New Power Plan Windows 10

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    On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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    When the Quick Link menu appears, click "Settings".
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    While on the main Settings window, click "System".
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    In the left-hand pane, click "Power & sleep".
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    Under the Power & sleep section, click "Additional power settings"
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    You may have to scroll down a bit to find it.
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    On the Power options window, click "Create a power plan".
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    The first thing to do on the Create Power Plan window, is to select an existing plan to start out with (Balanced, Power saver, or High performance)
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    Once you've chosen one of the three plan options, give your new power plan a name. Click "NEXT" to continue.
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    Here on the Edit Plan Settings window, choose when to turn off the display, put the computer to sleep, as well as the brightness level for when your computer is plugged in or on battery. When you've made all the necessary adjustments, click "Next".
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Customize Power Plan Windows 10

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    Using your keyboard, press the Windows key + X simultaneously.
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    In the Quick Link menu, click "Settings".
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  3. 3
    From Windows Settings, select "System".
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    In the left pane under System, click "Power & sleep".
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    In the Power & sleep section, click "Additional power settings".
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    In the Power Options window, select the plan you wish to customize, then click "Change plan settings".
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    From the Edit Plan Settings window, click the "Change advanced power settings" link.
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    Here in the Advanced settings window, you'll see several options that can be edited
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    Expand the options you want to change, and edit the setting for "Plugged in" and "On battery". Depending on your PC setup and what you're trying to achieve (save power or maximize performance), these settings will differ. For example, if you're using a laptop and want to save power, you might want to change the "Wireless Adapter Settings" as well as the "Display". Of course, this all depends on your hardware.
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    If you happen to see a message similar to the one below, go back and double-check the setting
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    Clicking through this can cause your system to behave oddly.
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    Once you've edited all the settings for your Power Plan, click "Apply".
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Delete Power Plan Windows 10

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    At the same time, press the Windows key + X.
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    When the Quick Link menu opens, click "Settings".
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    From Windows Settings, click "System".
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    In System settings, click "Power & sleep".
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    In the Power & sleep section, click "Additional power settings".
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    Locate the power plan you wish to delete, then click "Change plan settings"
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    Make sure that you're not currently using the power plan that you want to delete because if you are, the delete option won't be available.
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    On the Edit Plan Settings window, click the "Delete this plan" link in the lower left corner.
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    When you see the following warning, click "OK" to delete the selected power plan
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    Remember, you won't be able to restore it once it's deleted.
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