When it comes to computers, sleep mode is one of the most useful features. It can help extend the battery life of your laptop, desktop, or tablet, and does not take up much energy. However, there are times when you do not want your computer to go into sleep mode. If you’re like most people with a computer as a home office, you may need to keep track of how long you work on your computer every day for tax reasons or just because it helps you manage your time more efficiently. Keeping your computer awake can be tricky at times, but here are some quick and easy tips that will help keep your computer awake.
How To Keep Your Computer Awake?
- Keep your computer plugged in. Unplugging the power cord will not help, because the power supply is built into the motherboard. If your computer is equipped with a battery pack, then use it.
- If you have no battery pack, then unplug your modem, if it’s connected to the motherboard, then unplug the power cord from the wall outlet as well as from your computer and leave it that way for a while to discharge any electrical charge in it.
- Unplugging all unnecessary peripherals such as printers and other devices that are not necessary for your daily work may also help you save electricity by avoiding unnecessary load on the system or components of your system which might be better left off when not in use (unless they are powered through a separate adapter or plug-in).
- Set up your computer to go into standby mode at least once a day (if not more often) so that unused components of your system get turned off when they are not needed by using any of these methods: option key + F8; holding down control key + shift key + spacebar, or shutting down all programs running at once by pressing ctrl+alt+delete keys simultaneously on each keyboard you have attached to it (if you have more than one).
- If you don’t have a battery pack, then you can use the sleep mode and hibernate your computer. The power to the hard drive is always on and it will not shut down unless the power to your computer is off. Therefore, if you need to shut down your computer but do not want to lose all of your work, then disconnect the power cord from the outlet and pull out the plug from the wall socket. Then press any key on your keyboard (usually “F8” or “power”) and wait for at least 1 minute before reconnecting it. This will preserve all of your work while shutting down safely (assuming you have saved any important files).
- If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, then make sure that you do not turn off or unplug your computer completely or when not in use because this may harm its components permanently or shorten its life span if left unused for a long period of time. Instead, leave a program running in the background so that it will continue running when you return home.
- Always keep an eye on how much electricity is being used by displaying power consumption statistics in Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously) or by using utilities like Wattman, which lets you adjust what programs consume power; Power Plan, which lets you change how much energy is used by different system components; System Monitor which displays monitoring information about CPU activity;
Adjust Power Settings
- Press the Windows+R keys on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
- Type “powercfg” and press Enter to open the Power Options window.
- Click the Change Plan Settings button in the left-hand column and then select “Change advanced power settings”.
- Select “High performance” from the plan type drop-down menu, then click Save Changes and exit out of all windows by clicking OK or pressing Esc on your keyboard.
- Return to your desktop and use a small program like Task Manager (press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously) or Process Explorer (press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys simultaneously) to see if any programs are causing a lot of power usage (useful for finding programs that are not responding correctly). If so, close them down. If you do not know what programs are running, then try using Process Hacker (press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously) or AutoRuns (press Win key + R together) as a temporary fix until you can get some help from an IT professional if you have at home or at work, but be sure to avoid these programs because they can cause a lot of problems for your computer including slowing it down significantly and even causing it to crash completely when used incorrectly!
- Close all browser windows completely by clicking on them with your mouse or pressing Alt-F4 on your keyboard so that they no longer consume CPU time which could cause problems with your computer’s performance.
- Close all programs that are running in the background by right-clicking on their taskbar icon and selecting Close from the menu that appears. If you do not know what to close, then close down as many programs as you can until they stop responding to your mouse clicks and keyboard presses correctly.
- Turn off all unnecessary services (services are programs that run in the background without your knowledge) by typing “services” into the Start Menu’s search bar and pressing Enter. You may need to click on the Search tab at the top of this window to find this option if it is not visible to you yet (it should be, but sometimes it does not show up immediately).
- Close down any applications that are consuming a lot of CPU time or memory usage by right-clicking on their taskbar icon and selecting End Task from the menu that appears or going into their properties window, then selecting Stop from the General tab and clicking OK or press Esc on your keyboard when finished closing them down completely.
- If you have multiple monitors, turn off any monitors that are not in use so that they do not consume more CPU power than they need to when your computer is idle (this will help improve overall performance).
Other Ways To Keep Your Computer Awake!
Turn Off Auto-Sleep Timers
If your computer is going into sleep mode at an unusually early time, you may want to look at the sleep timers. Most computers have two power settings that allow you to set a timer. The sleep timer tells your computer to go into sleep mode after a certain amount of time. The hibernate timer tells your computer to go into hibernate mode after a set amount of time. The sleep timers are usually between 5 and 20 minutes. If you usually work for longer than 20 minutes on your computer, you will want to turn off the sleep timer.
Change Display Resolution
If you are using a Windows computer, you can also change the display resolution to keep the computer awake. This can cause display issues, but it will keep the computer awake. You will want to turn off this setting as soon as you are done working on your computer and want it to go into sleep mode. This is a temporary fix and should be used sparingly. If you are using an Apple computer, you can also change the display resolution or change the display settings. This can keep the computer awake, but it can also cause issues with your display. You should change these settings only when you need to keep your computer awake.
Disable Windows Features
If you are using a Windows computer, you can also disable some Windows features to keep your computer awake. Most of these features are rarely used by most people. If you want to keep your computer awake, you can disable some features such as Speech Recognition, Xbox, and Background Intelligent Transfer Service. Keep in mind that you will need to re-enable these features if you want them to work again.
There are many reasons to keep your computer awake. It can help you manage your time better if you are keeping track of the hours you work on your computer. It can also be useful if you are downloading a large file and want to make sure it finishes downloading before going to bed. Keeping your computer awake can be tricky at times, but there are some quick and easy tips to keep your computer awake when you need it to be.