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How to change Screen Timeout in Windows 11

This article describes how to change the screen timeout setting in Windows 11 so that the monitor turns off according to the specified time. You get options here, from which you can set the time from one minute to a few hours or stop it from Turning off. You can set it according to your need.

Windows 11 laptop in the hands of a man sitting
Windows 11 laptop in the hands of a man sitting

How to change Lock Screen Timeout in Windows 11

There are three ways to do this which are mentioned below. But the first one is simpler so I would suggest you go for the first option only. But it is possible that if you want to learn all the methods, then you can try all three methods.

Edit Power Settings using Settings.

Using the power option in Settings is an easy way to control how long the Windows 11 screen stays on.

  1. Select Start Menu in the Windows taskbar then select the Settings option.
  2. Under System, select Power or Power & Battery. (If your system is without a battery then you will get to see only Power and not Power & Battery)
    • Note: Another way to open the power setting is by using Power User Menu. Right-click on Start Menu and choose Power Option.
  3. Select Screen and Sleep.
  4. Select new Timeout When plugged in, turn off my screen after. Set the time according to your own. If there is a battery in your system then you will see different options like When to turn the screen off when on battery power.

Change the Power Setting using the Control Panel.

You can change your power plan in the Control Panel. You can set when the display of your system should turn off.

  • Select the Start Menu in the Windows taskbar and search for Control Panel. Then choose the Control Panel app.
  • Select Hardware and Sound.
  • Select Power Options.
  • Select Choose when to turn off the display or Change when the computer sleeps on the left side.
  • Then choose the time from the menu of Turn off the display.
  • Click on Save Changes.

Change the Power Setting using Powercfg Command.

  1. Go to the Start Menu and search for Terminal or right-click on the Start button and select Terminal.
  2. To change the Screen Timeout when the computer is plugged in, enter the same command as given below. Time is in seconds, edit 60 to keep time according to you.
    • powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac 60
    • Same command when the computer is on battery powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc 60
  3. Press Enter to execute the command.