How to Change the Screen Timeout in Windows 11

Screen and sleep options are in Windows' power settings

What to Know

  • Settings > System > Power > Screen and sleep. Edit the When plugged in, turn off my screen after value.
  • Alternatively: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Choose when to turn off the display.
  • More technical approach: powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac 60 command (60 = 1 hour).

This article explains how to change the Windows 11 screen timeout setting so the monitor will turn off after a different duration. Your options span from one minute to five hours, or you can stop the display from turning off at all.

How to Change the Windows 11 Lock Screen Timeout

Below are three ways to do this, but we recommend this first method for most people since it's the easiest.

Use Settings to Edit Power Settings

The power options in Settings is one way to adjust how long Windows 11 stays awake.

  1. In the Windows taskbar, select the Start Menu and open Settings.

    Start Menu and Settings highlighted in Windows 11
  2. Select Power & battery.

    Another way to open power settings is through the Power User Menu. Right-click the Start Menu and choose Power Options.

    Power and battery highlighted in the Windows 11 System Settings
  3. Select Screen and sleep.

    The ms-settings:powersleep Run command can be used to jump right to this screen.

    Screen and sleep highlighted in Windows Settings
  4. Choose a time next to When plugged in, turn off my screen after. If your device has a battery, you'll see another option (not pictured here) for when to turn the screen off when on battery power.

    When plugged in, turn off my screen after and 10 minutes highlighted in Windows 11 power settings

Use Control Panel to Edit Plan Settings

You can customize your power plan in Control Panel to choose when to turn off the display.

  1. Open Windows Control Panel. Select the Start Menu and search for Control Panel, then select the app to open it.

    Control Panel in Windows 11 Search
  2. Select Hardware and Sound.

    Hardware and Sound in Windows 11 Control Panel
  3. Select Power Options.

    A quick way to complete this step and open the Power Options Control Panel applet, is to execute powercfg.cpl from the Run dialog box.

    Power Options highlighted in Windows 11 Control Panel
  4. On the left, select Choose when to turn off the display or Change when the computer sleeps.

    Choose when to turn off the display highlighted in Windows 11 power options
  5. Next to Turn off the display, select the menu to pick a different duration.

    2 hours highlighted next to Turn off the display in Windows 11 settings
  6. Select Save changes.

    Save changes in Windows 11 Display Settings

Use the Powercfg Command

Another way to keep the screen active, or to change the monitor timeout so it turns off faster is through a specific command at the command line. This is easy to do even if you've never executed a command before.

  1. Open Terminal. You can find it through a search or by right-clicking the Start button.

  2. Enter the command as it's written below to change the screen timeout when the computer is plugged in.

    Edit 60 to whatever you want the time to be, in seconds:

    powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac 60
    powercfg command in Windows 11 Terminal

    A similar command is used for when the computer is on battery power:

    powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc 60

    This command works in Command Prompt and PowerShell, so it doesn't matter which tab you open in Terminal.

  3. Press Enter to execute the command. The change will take place immediately.

The Differences Between Screen Timeout and Sleep

At a glance, a computer that's asleep might look the same as one that's awake but with the display turned off. In reality, these are two different things.

This means the duration your computer waits before turning off the display can be different from the duration that passes before it puts the computer to sleep. See our How to Change Windows Sleep Settings guide to edit how long Windows 11 should wait before going to sleep.

Editing both the display and sleep option is how you can keep your computer awake without touching the mouse.

A PC in sleep mode is just in a low-power state, so while some things are shut down to save power, the computer isn't fully off (all your open programs and files remain open). When the display is off, the computer itself isn't affected at all; it's just the monitor that goes black, which can be done to avoid wasting energy or to just prevent unnecessary light in the room.

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  • How do I fix a black screen in Windows 11?

    To fix a Windows 11 black screen, adjust the monitor’s brightness settings, cycle through the screen’s inputs, and check for graphics card compatibility. If you still have trouble, inspect your ports and cables, disconnect all devices, and restart your PC.

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