Featured - Change Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Windows 11

Windows 11 default screen timeout settings can cause frustration, turning off the display sooner than you’d like. We’re going to show you how to stop the screen from turning off entirely, or just make it stay on for longer.

Windows 11 typically times out your screen after five minutes if you’re on battery and fifteen minutes if you’re plugged in. This is a useful power-saving feature, but it can get annoying having to wiggle your mouse to wake the screen every time you make a coffee.

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Thankfully, we’re going to show you how to stop your screen from timing out before you’re ready below. We’ll even show you three ways of doing it – the settings app, Control Panel, and Command Prompt.

How to Change Screen Timeout via Windows 11 via Settings

You can adjust your screen timeout settings in a variety of scenarios with ease through the use of the Settings app. It only takes a few seconds in total.

⚠️ Please note: The process described below is the same in Windows 11 as it is in Windows 10. However, bear in mind that we’ll be using screenshots from Windows 11, so your UI may look a little different. We’ll point out any changes you need to be aware of as they come up.

  1. Press Start and click “Settings”

    If you’re on Windows 11, you can press the Settings cog above the power button instead.

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. Click “System” in the Settings sidebar, then “Power & battery”

    If you’re on Windows 10 you’ll want to press “System” in the icons grid instead, then “Power & battery” in the sidebar.

    Windows 11 - Settings - System - Open Power & Battery

  3. Expand the “Screen and sleep” section and change your screen timeout settings

    You can stop your screen from turning off entirely by setting the plugged-in and unplugged settings to “Never”

    Windows 11 - Settings - System - Power & Battery - Screen and Sleep - Select Time

How to Make Your Screen Stay on For Longer in Control Panel’s Power Options

You can stop your screen from timing out in Control Panel, too. This has the exact same effect and even the same options but may provide a more familiar interface for those used to the legacy UI.

  1. Press Start and type “Control Panel,” then click the top result

    Windows 11 - Open Control Panel

  2. Type “Power Options” in the search bar and then click “Power Options” in the main window

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Open Power Options

  3. Press “Choose when to turn off the display” in the sidebar

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Power Options - Choose When Turn Off

  4. Change the screen timeout settings to suit your preferences and press “Save changes”

    Remember, you can keep your screen from timing out entirely by changing one or both of them to “Never”. 

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Power Options - Choose When Turn Off - Select Time

How to Change Screen Timeout via Advanced Power Plan Settings

Alternatively, you can stop your screen from turning off when you don’t want it to by changing your power plan settings. These can also be accessed via the Control Panel.

  1. Press Start/search and type “Control Panel”, then click the top result 

    Windows 11 - Open Control Panel

  2. Type “Power Options” in the Control Panel search bar and click “Power Options”

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Open Power Options

  3. Press “Change plan settings” next to your active power plan

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Power Options - Change Plan Settings

  4. Press “Change advanced power settings”

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Power Options - Change Plan Settings - Change Advanced Power Settings

  5. Expand the “Display” and “Turn off display after” headings, adjust the values, and press “OK”

    You can stop your screen from turning off entirely by typing “0” as the number.

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Power Options - Change Plan Settings - Change Advanced Power Settings - Display - Turn Off After - Select Time

How to Make Your Screen Stay on Longer via Command Prompt

If you prefer to use the command line or are using a GUI-less install like Windows Server, you can adjust your display timeout settings with Command Prompt. The power settings commands are even quite easy to remember:

  1. Right-click your Start button and choose “Windows Terminal”

    If you’re on Windows 10, you can just open Command Prompt instead.

    Windows 11 - Open Windows Terminal

  2. Press the down arrow next to the new tab icon and choose “Command Prompt”

    Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - Select Cmd Prompt

  3. Use the powercfg command to change your screen timeout settings

    You can type the following to change your screen timeout on battery, replacing the x with the number of minutes:

    powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc x

    Or use this command to stop the screen from turning off when plugged in:

    powercfg - change -monitor-timeout-ac x

    You can use 0 as the number for either to ensure the screen never turns off automatically.

    Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - Cmd Prompt - Enter the Cmds

Extra: How to Check for Laptop Battery Life Issues with Powercfg

Powercfg can do much more than just adjust your power settings. In our existing tutorial, we show you how to use it to create a report detailing your laptop’s battery health. Feel free to follow along.

Extra: How to Turn Battery Saver Mode On or Off

Battery Saver may overwrite your display timeout settings to get your laptop that last bit of juice. If you’d rather it didn’t, you can follow our guide on how to turn off battery saver mode.

 

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