General Sleep Computer in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you different ways on how to put your Windows 11 computer to sleep.

Sleep uses very little power, your PC starts up faster, and you’re instantly back to where you left off. You don’t have to worry that you'll lose your work because of your battery draining because Windows automatically saves all your work and turns off the PC if the battery is too low. Use Sleep when you’re going to be away from your PC for just a little while.

On most PCs, you can resume from sleep by pressing your PC's power button. However, not all PCs are the same. You might be able to wake it by pressing any key on the keyboard, clicking a mouse button, or opening the lid on a laptop. Check the documentation that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer's website.


Option One

Sleep Computer by Closing Lid

This option is only available for laptops with a lid to close.

This option requires you to set the default lid close action to Sleep.

1 Close the laptop lid to perform the default lid close action.

Option Two

Sleep Computer by Keyboard

This requires you to set the default sleep button action to Sleep.

1 Press the Sleep button (if available) on your keyboard. (see screenshot below)


Option Three

Sleep Computer by Pressing Power Button

This requires you to set the default power button action to Sleep.

1 Press the Power button on your device. (see screenshots below)


Option Four

Sleep Computer from Start menu

1 Open the Start menu :win:. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Sleep in the Power menu.


Option Five

Sleep Computer from Win+X Quick Link Menu

1 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  • Press the Win + X keys, press the U key, and press the S key.
  • Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on Shut down or sign out, and click/tap on Sleep.

Option Six

Sleep Computer from Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows Dialog

1 Click/tap on the desktop (Win+D) to make it the current focused (active) window.

2 Press the Alt + F4 keys.

This will only work if you did step 1. Otherwise, it will close the current active window instead of the desktop.

3 Select Sleep in the drop menu, and click/tap on OK or press Enter. (see screenshot below)


Option Seven

Sleep Computer from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen

1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Sleep in the Power menu.


Option Eight

Sleep Computer from Sign-in Screen

1 While on the Sign-in screen: (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Sleep in the Power menu.


Option Nine

Sleep Computer using command

The command in this option will only work to put the computer to sleep if you disable hibernate first. Otherwise, the command will hibernate the computer instead.

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

2 Copy and paste either command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter.

rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

rundll32.exe powrprof.dll, SetSuspendState Sleep

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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