Change the function of the Power button on a mobile PC

By default, pressing the power button on your mobile PC puts it to sleep. Alternatively, you can choose to turn off your mobile PC, put it into hibernation, or do nothing when you press the power button. You can apply the same setting to all of your power plans or you can apply different settings to individual plans.

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To apply the same setting to all plans

  1. Open Power Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Power Options.

  2. On the Select a power plan page, click Choose what the power button does.

  3. On the Define power buttons and turn on password protection page, next to When I press the power button, choose what you want your mobile PC to do when you press the power button, for both when your mobile PC is running on battery and when it is plugged in.

  4. Click Save changes.

To apply a setting to a specific plan

  1. Open Power Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Power Options.

  2. On the Select a power plan page, click Change plan settings for the plan that you want to change.

  3. On the Change settings for the plan page, click Change advanced power settings.

  4. On the Advanced settings tab, expand Power buttons and lid, expand Power button action, and then choose what you want your mobile PC to do when you press the power button, for both when your mobile PC is running on battery and when it is plugged in.

  5. Click OK.