System Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to specify how long your PC is inactive before your display turns off automatically in Windows 11.

You can specify a screen timeout for how long the PC sits inactive without user activity before all connected displays automatically turn off.

When your display turns off, you would just need to move the mouse, touch the touchpad or touchscreen, click a mouse or touchpad button, or press a key for the display(s) to turn back on.

By default, the screen timeout is 5 minutes on battery and 15 minutes when plugged in.

Reference:


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Contents

  • Option One: Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Power Plan Settings
  • Option Three: Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Advanced Power Plan Settings
  • Option Four: Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After using Command




Option One

Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Power or Power & battery on the right side depending on if the PC has a battery. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Screen and sleep on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshots below step 4)

4 Select Never or how many minutes or hours screen timeout you want in the On battery power, turn off my screen after and/or When plugged in, turn off my screen after drop menus. (see screenshots below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Power Plan Settings


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Power Options icon.

2 Click/tap on the Choose when to turn off the display link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Select Never or how many minutes or hours screen timeout you want in the Turn off the display "On battery" and/or "Plugged in" drop menus, and click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshots below)

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4 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Three

Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Advanced Power Plan Settings


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Power Options icon.

2 Click/tap on the Change plan settings link for your selected (active) power plan (ex: "Ultimate Performance"). (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Change advanced power settings link. (see screenshot below)

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4 Scroll down and expand open Display and Turn off display after. (see screenshots below)

5 Select Never or how many minutes or hours screen timeout you want in the On battery and/or Plugged in drop menus, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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6 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Four

Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.

2 Type the command(s) below you want to use into the terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(On battery)
powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc <minutes>

OR

(On battery)
powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99 3c0bc021-c8a8-4e07-a973-6b14cbcb2b7e <seconds>

AND/OR

(Plugged in)
powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac <minutes>

OR

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

Substitute <minutes> in the commands above with how many minutes you want to turn off display after.

Substitute <seconds> in the commands above with how many seconds you want to turn off display after.

Using 0 (zero) minutes or seconds will be the same as "Never".


3 You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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Excellent tutorial, how can we change via command line in sleep mode by changing the minutes?
 

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Excellent tutorial, how can we change via command line in sleep mode by changing the minutes?

Hello Under, :-)

If you meant for turning off the display, then you could use the commands in option 4.
 

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Hello Under, :)

If you meant for turning off the display, then you could use the commands in option 4.

But changing the screen option in sleep mode what would be the commands? Would they be the same as option 4? Why don't the commands mentioned above represent the monitor? If so, the sleep mode is missing, because the commands must be different right?
 

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But changing the screen option in sleep mode what would be the commands? Would they be the same as option 4? Why don't the commands mentioned above represent the monitor? If so, the sleep mode is missing, because the commands must be different right?
The display is turned off automatically when the computer goes into sleep mode. Nothing can change this.

I'm not sure what you are wanting to change if this is not it.
 

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The display is turned off automatically when the computer goes into sleep mode. Nothing can change this.

I'm not sure what you are wanting to change if this is not it.
Okay, thanks for the clarifications.
 

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Is the login screen = sleep mode? If I don't login for 1minute the screen always blanks out until there's input. none of the screen timeout or screensaver options anywhere affect this, and I'd really love for it to have like an hour timeout there.

edit; powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOCONLOCK 0 this turns it off.
 

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Is the login screen = sleep mode? If I don't login for 1minute the screen always blanks out until there's input. none of the screen timeout or screensaver options anywhere affect this, and I'd really love for it to have like an hour timeout there.

edit; powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOCONLOCK 0 this turns it off.

Hello, :alien:

Correct. That would be for this below instead.

 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
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    1 TB SSD
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