Looking after your laptop and extending battery life is all about taking a few simple steps. To do this, you can think of turning off your computer screen, for example, if you plan to be away for a few minutes. Computers also offer the option of putting the PC to sleep. Thus, you reduce energy consumption, without having to shut down your computer. That said, find out how to easily turn off your laptop screen, without closing the lid.
A laptop battery has a limited lifespan. To reduce energy consumption and optimize the use of your PC’s battery, you can consider turning off the screen when the computer is inactive. To do this, there is no need to close the hood.
Laptops offer the possibility to turn off only their screen, without shutting down the entire system. This allows on the one hand to reduce energy and battery consumption, and on the other hand not to lose documents or open files, especially if they have not yet been saved. For this, two methods are possible.
Turn Off Computer Screen Using Keyboard Shortcuts
To turn off the computer screen manually, you can use keyboard shortcuts. For it, hold down the Fn key, located between the Ctrl and Alt keys and simultaneously click on the button used to start the computer. Thereby, only the screen turns off. Your computer will remain on, and you will be able to find your files as you left them. To turn on the screen again, just click the button used to start the computer.
Turn off the screen using computer settings
In addition to manually turning off the computer screen, it is possible to program its extinction. The screen will turn off after a specific period of inactivity. For Windows 10 systems, go to “Settings” and click on the first icon that appears on the left named “System”. Then go to “Power & Sleep”. You will see settings dedicated to the screen, and which will allow you to choose after how many minutes of inactivity, your screen can turn off, in case of battery operation, but also when connected to the mains.
In this menu it is also possible to choose after how many minutes of inactivity the computer may go to sleep. Standby allows us to keep the PC on, while reducing its energy consumption. The screen is then turned off, but our applications remain open, so we can pick up where we left off. Indeed, the RAM allows, in this case, store data in use from the computer. You can also put your computer to sleep manually by closing the cover or through the On/Off menu.
What is the difference between turning off the screen and putting the computer to sleep?
There is a difference between screen standby and computer standby. In the first case, only the screen is off when the computer is not used for a few minutes. On the other hand, when the computer is put to sleep, the screen is cut off. and the PC is put in “rest” mode. This reduces battery consumption without having to turn off the computer.
In laptops, we also find the hibernate option. This uses less power than sleep mode, but Recovery takes a little longer. On the other hand, like sleep mode, hibernation allows you to resume work where you left off, without losing our data. To integrate this mode into the Power menu, go to Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings. On the left select “Choose what the power buttons do”, then under “Shutdown settings” you will find the “Hibernation” box, check it and save changes. Thus, you will have in the On / Off menu the choice between “Put to standby”, “Shut down”, “Restart”, but also “Extended standby”
That said, in the event of a short period of inactivity, you can choose to put your computer’s screen to sleep, or put the whole computer to sleep, in order to reduce its power consumption.
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