How To Change time after which display turns off in Windows 10

As we know , the Screen turns off automatically when the system is in idle state for certain amount of time. It would turn ON when any action (Mouse, Keyboard Click/hovers ) is detected.


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For some reason , if you want to increase or decrease the waiting time, Windows provides you an option to set the the time interval. If it sees that the system is in idle state for this duration of time, it turns off the display. You have an option to set this time interval,

  • When the system is on battery power
  • When the system is Plugged ON

In this article , let us see different ways of doing this.

Method 1: From Settings

Step 1: Open Run window using the shortcut Windows+r.

Step 2: Type the command ms-settings:powersleep and Press OK

 

 

Powersleep Run Cmd

 

 

Step 3: In the Settings –> Power & Sleep Window that opens, Under Screen Section

Choose the time interval under On battery power, turn off after section

1. Click anywhere on the box.

 

 

Click Here

 

 

 

2. A menu pops up with different time intervals, click on the time interval of your choice.

 

 

Pop Up Menu

 

 

Choose the time interval under When plugged in, turn off after section

1. Click anywhere on the box.

 

 

Click Here Plugged

 

 


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2. A menu pops up with different time intervals, click on the time interval of your choice.

 

 

Pop Up Menu

 

 

That’s it. The Selected time interval is set and the display turns off automatically if the system is inactive for set time interval.

NOTE: 

For desktops which do not have battery power , you see only one option.

Method 2: From Control Panel –> Power Plan Settings

Step 1: Open Run window pressing the keys Windows+r together.

Step 2: Type the command control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions and Press OK

 

 

Powersleep Run Cmd

 

 

Step 3: From the Power Options Window, select Choose when to turn off the display from the right-hand side.

 

 

Power Options

 

Step 4 : In the appearing window, Under Turn Off the display heading

Choose the time interval under On battery

  1. Click anywhere on the box , a drop down menu appears
  2. Click on the required time interval

 

 

Turn Off For Battery

 

 

Choose the time interval under Plugged in

  1. Click anywhere on the box , a drop down menu appears
  2. Click on the required time interval

 

 

Turn Off For Pluggin

 

 

NOTE: 

For desktops which do not have battery power , you see only one option.

Method 3: From Advanced Power Plan Settings

Step 1: To Open Run window,  press the keys Windows+r together.

Step 2: Type the command control.exe powercfg.cpl,,3 and Press OK  as shown below

 

 

Advanced Power Plan Settings

 

 

Step 3: In the Power Options window , scroll down and locate Display option.

1. Double click on Display to expand and look at the options.

2. Double click on Turn off display after

NOTE: In order to expand, you can even opt to click on + sign just before to Display or Turn off display after

 

 

Display Option In Power Options

 

 

Choose the time interval for On battery option

  1. Click on On battery
  2. Select the required time interval
  3. Click on Apply
  4. Press OK

 

 

On Battery Settings

 

 

Choose the time interval for Plugged in option

  1. Click on Plugged in
  2. Select the required time interval
  3. Click on Apply
  4. Press OK

 

 

Plugged In Settings

 

NOTE: 

For desktops which do not have battery power , you see only one option.

Method 4: From Command Prompt

Step 1: By holding Windows+r keys together, open the run window

Step 2: In the window that opens up , type cmd and press OK

 

 

Cmd

 

 

Step 3: In the command Prompt window,

To change the value of Turn off Display after on battery, run the following command

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc <time interval in minutes>

 

For example , if we want the PC to turn off its display if it detects inactivity for 15 minutes when it is running on Battery, we can tweak the command as follows

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc 15

 

 

Powercfg Command Dc

 

 


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NOTE:

You can also use the following command to make the changes :

powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOIDLE <time interval in seconds>

 

For Example, if we want to set the time interval as 30 minutes(1800 seconds) , we can do so with the following command

powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOIDLE 1800

 

Powercfg Command Ac Aliases

 

 

Another way of issuing the same command would be:

powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99 3c0bc021-c8a8-4e07-a973-6b14cbcb2b7e <time interval in seconds>

 

For Example, if we want to set the time interval as 30 minutes(1800 seconds) , we can do so with the following command

powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99 3c0bc021-c8a8-4e07-a973-6b14cbcb2b7e 1800

 

 


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To change the value of Turn off Display after when its Plugged in, run the following command

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac <time interval in minutes>

 

For example , if we want the PC to turn off its display if it detects inactivity for 15 minutes when it is plugged in, we can tweak the command as follows

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac 15

 

 

Powercfg Command Ac

 

 

NOTE:

You can also use the following command to make the changes :

powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOIDLE <time interval in seconds>

 

For Example, if we want to set the time interval as 30 minutes(1800 seconds) , we can do so with the following command

powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOIDLE 1800

 

 

Powercfg Command Dc Aliases

 

 

Another way of issuing the same command would be:

powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99 3c0bc021-c8a8-4e07-a973-6b14cbcb2b7e <time interval in seconds>

 

For Example, if we want to set the time interval as 30 minutes(1800 seconds) , we can do so with the following command

powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99 3c0bc021-c8a8-4e07-a973-6b14cbcb2b7e 1800

 

Method 5: From PowerShell

Step 1: By holding the keys Windows+r  together, open the run window

Step 2: In the window that opens up , type powershell and press OK

 

 

Powershell

 

 

Step 3: In the PowerShell window , run the same commands as in Step 3 from Method 4.

The powercfg commands that were used in command prompt can be used in PowerShell as well.

 

That’s All. Thank you for Reading.

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