System See Active Power Plan in Windows 11


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A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power plan.

Windows 11 includes the following power plans by default:
  • Balanced = Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don't. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your Power Mode.
  • Power saver = Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you're using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance = Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won't last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance = Only available in the Windows 11 Pro for Workstations edition by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom = These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).
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This tutorial will show you how to see which power plan is currently set as the active power plan for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: See Active Power Plan in Control Panel
  • Option Two: See Active Power Plan using "powercfg /GetActiveScheme" Command
  • Option Three: See Active Power Plan using "powercfg /L" Command




Option One

See Active Power Plan in Control Panel


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

2 The currently selected power plan (ex: "Ultimate Performance") will be your active power plan. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

See Active Power Plan using "powercfg /GetActiveScheme" Command


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

2 Copy and paste powercfg /GetActiveScheme into the terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

3 You will now see your current active power plan (ex: "Ultimate Performance") as the output.

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Option Three

See Active Power Plan using "powercfg /L" Command


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

2 Copy and paste powercfg /list into the terminal, and press Enter to see a list of all existing power plans. (see screenshot below)

3 The power plan (ex: "Ultimate Performance") with an asterisk (*) to the right of it is your current active power plan.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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