How to Change the Screen Timeout in Windows 11


In this guide, we will discover: How to Change the Screen Timeout in Windows 11 – Easy Beginners Guide

Screen timeout is a feature that automatically turns off your screen after a certain period of inactivity to save battery life and unwanted power consumption. However, sometimes the default timeout setting may not be suitable for your usage, and you might need to change it.

In this article, we will guide you on how you can change the screen timeout in three different ways in Windows 11. If you want to disable this feature on your Windows PC, you can check our linked guide; how to turn off the sleep mode.

How to Change the Screen Timeout in Windows 11

Windows 11 offers a range of customization options to make your computing experience more efficient and personalized. One of these options is the ability to change the screen timeout setting, which determines how long your computer will remain idle before the screen turns off.

Changing the screen timeout can be particularly useful for laptops. Here are a few ways to do so.

1. Using System Settings

Windows Settings is all in one place to change any options on the Windows operating system. First of all, let us discuss how we can change the screen timeout using the Windows settings. For that, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click on the “Start Menu” button in the bottom left corner of the screen and type “Settings” on the search bar. Once the Settings (Gear) icon comes up on the screen, click on it to open.

Step 2: Click on the “System” tab from the left panel of the Settings window. Then click on the “Power & Battery” option.

Highlighting Power and Battery Option on Windows Settings

Step 3: The “Power and battery” setting window will appear, and click on the “Screen and Sleep” section.

Here, you will find a few default options called “Power Saver Plans,” as shown in the attached screenshot. Choose the option according to your convenience and select the drop-down to change the time duration for screen time-out.

Options to change the Screen Timeout on Windows 11

Note:- You can always jump directly to the power settings by right-clicking on the Windows icon on the taskbar and then selecting “Power Options” from the pop-up menu.

2. Using Control Panel

Another method to change the screen timeout is by using the Control Panel. The control Panel in the Windows system is a unit where you have all the settings of the operating system.

To change the screen timeout, you can check the below steps:

Step 1: Open the “Start Menu,” and in the search bar, search for “Control Panel.” Click on the icon to open it.

Step 2: Once you are inside the control panel, click on “Hardware and Sound” to get the power options settings.

Hardware and Sound Settings on Control Panel

Step 3: Then locate “Power Option” and you will find a sub-menu option “Edit Power Plan” option.

Power Plan Editing Option

Step 4: In this step, you will see the drop-down menu with the timer options. You can select any one of the time duration as per your convenience and save the changes.

Change the Screen Timeout in Windows 11

3. Using the Command Prompt:

You can also use the Command Prompt or Terminal to edit all kinds of settings in Windows, and it is quite easy if you are aware of the commands used. Here are the steps, you can follow to change the screen timeout:

Step 1: Open the “Terminal” by searching it in the start menu.

Openning the Terminal in Windows 11

Step 2: Once, the terminal is open type in the command inside the command prompt window as mentioned below.

Powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac- 600
Terminal Command to run on Terminal to change the screen timeout

Note:- The ac/dc part in the command says about your system type if it is a Laptop or a desktop. And the last set of numbers in the command is the time in seconds for screen timeout. You can calculate the time in seconds to change the screen timeout.

You can also enter the same command in the command prompt to change the screen timeout settings. Powershell can also be use to do the same.


So that is how you can edit screen timeout settings in Windows 11 systems. Changing the screen timeout in Windows 11 is a simple process that can help you customize your screen timeout settings according to your needs. By following the above steps, you can easily change the screen timeout duration and save battery life and excess power consumption.

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