Windows 11’s default screen timeout settings can cause frustration, causing your screen to turn off sooner than you’d like. We’ll show you how to turn the screen off completely, or just keep it on for a while longer.
Windows 11 typically times out your screen after five minutes if you’re using the battery and fifteen minutes if you’re online. This is a useful power-saving feature, but it can be annoying to have to shake the mouse to wake the screen every time you’re making coffee.
Fortunately, we’ll show you how to prevent your screen from timing out before you’re ready below. We’ll show you up to three ways to do this – Settings app, Control Panel, and Command Prompt.
How to change screen timeout via Windows 11 via Settings
You can easily adjust screen timeout settings in a variety of scenarios by using the Settings app. It only takes a few seconds in total.
⚠️ please note: The process below is the same in Windows 11 as it is in Windows 10. However, keep in mind that we will be using screenshots from Windows 11, so your user interface might look a little different. We’ll point out any changes you should be aware of as they come out.
- Click on Start and click on “Settings”
If you’re using Windows 11, you can hit the Settings button above the Power button instead.
- Click “System” in the Settings sidebar, then click “Power and Battery”
If you’re using Windows 10, you’ll need to tap “System” in the icon grid instead, then “Power and battery” in the sidebar.
- Expand the “Screen and sleep” section and change the screen timeout settings
You can turn off your screen completely by setting the online and offline settings to “never”.
How to make your monitor work longer in the control panel power options
You can stop your screen from timing out in Control Panel as well. This has exactly the same effect and even the same options but may provide an interface that is more familiar to that used in the old UI.
- Press Start and type “Control Panel”, then click on the top result
- Type “Power Options” in the search bar and then click “Power Options” in the main window
- Click “Choose when to turn off the display” in the sidebar
- Change the screen timeout settings to suit your preference and hit Save Changes
Remember, you can prevent your screen from timing out completely by changing one or both of them to ‘Never’.
How to change screen timeout via advanced power plan settings
Alternatively, you can turn off your screen when you don’t want it to by changing your power plan settings. It can also be accessed via the Control Panel.
- Press Start/Search and type “Control Panel,” then click on the top result
- Type “Power Options” in the Control Panel search bar and click “Power Options”
- Click “Change plan settings” next to your active power plan
- Click on “Change advanced power settings”
- Expand the “Display” and “Turn off display after” headings, adjust the values, and press OK
You can turn off your screen completely by typing “0” as a number.
How to make your screen work longer via Command Prompt
If you prefer to use the command line or are using a GUI-less installation such as Windows Server, you can adjust the display timeout settings using the command prompt. It is very easy to remember the power settings commands:
- Right-click on the Start button and select “Windows Terminal”
If you are using Windows 10, you can just open Command Prompt instead.
- Press the down arrow next to the new tab icon and choose Command Prompt
- Use the powercfg command to change the screen timeout settings
You can type the following to change the screen timeout on the battery, and replace a file
xnumber of minutes:
powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc x
Or use this command to turn off the monitor when it is connected:
powercfg - change -monitor-timeout-ac x
you can use
0as a number for either of them to ensure that the screen does not turn off automatically.
Powercfg can do more than just adjust your power settings. In our current tutorial, we show you how to use it to create a report detailing your laptop’s battery health. Feel free to continue.
Battery Saver may overwrite the display timeout settings to get your laptop the last bit of power. If you’d rather not do that, you can follow our guide on how to turn off battery saver mode.