When you finish your Windows 10 session, and you need to either close your device or restart it because of a software update, Windows 10 offers many options to do so. No matter the reason, we'll show you ten different ways you can shut down or restart your Windows 10 device. The number of options doesn't mean that this is a tricky task. We offer the list so that you can choose what works best for you. Let's take a look at these options:
One of the great things about Windows is that it allows you to customize almost everything you want. This includes modifying the default power plans found in Windows so that they better suit your needs. That means that you can configure things like when your Windows laptop or tablet dims or turns off its screen (after a period of inactivity), when it goes to sleep after you step away from it, or automatically adjust the screen brightness when running on battery, to save more power. Here is how you can do all that:
NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1.
The Windows Mobility Center is a lesser known tool that exists in all modern Windows versions. The app is designed with laptop users in mind. However, it works just as well on Windows tablets and hybrid devices, and it gives access to features and settings for controlling the battery, the display brightness, the sound volume, and the presentation mode. To use it, you must first know how to open the Windows Mobility Center. In this article, we show you ten methods to do that:
Using a mobile device is handy, especially when you travel a lot, but these devices are limited by the amount of energy their batteries can provide. For this reason, paying attention to the power plan that you are using and its settings can make a huge difference in how much battery time you have available. Fortunately, Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 provide us with the necessary tools to see which power plans are available, which is the active power plan and easy ways to switch between power plans. Here is how it all works:
Microsoft designed a new way to approach battery savings in Windows 10, starting with Fall Creators Update (build 1709), which was released in October 2017. It adds new power saving algorithms and technologies, on top of the classic power plans that most people do not change. Windows 10 now uses the modern power saving features and performance throttling mechanisms that exist in the latest processors. Here is how the new power slider works in Windows 10, and how to use it to increase battery life or performance, depending on what you want:
Windows operating systems have a useful feature called power plans. They are collections of settings that change the way your hardware and software uses system resources. Thus, power plans can make your PC work faster but use more energy, or they can make your PC work slower but save significant amounts of energy. If you are using a Windows device with a battery, power plans are even more important than if your device is directly connected to an AC power source.
If you are like us, you want to know exactly how much battery is left on your Android smartphone or tablet. Unfortunately, Android does not display this information in the status bar, unless you set it to do this. If you have Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7 Nougat or Android 8 Oreo, read this guide and see how to have Android always display the battery percentage, in the status bar, on the top side of the screen:
If you own an iPhone or an iPad and you are looking at its screen, the only things it tells you about the battery is whether it has plenty of energy stored, whether you need to charge it, and whether the Low Power Mode is on. When there is enough energy, the battery icon is green, or its inside is filled. When you have to charge your device, the battery icon is red, and when the Low Power Mode is on, the battery icon is yellow. Wouldn't it be nice for you to know what percentage of the battery you have left?
If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like a smartphone operating system, Windows has a feature called Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying, and disable it when you no longer need it. Here is what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how, in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1:
Some users do not use the Shut down button from the Start Menu to power off their Windows computers. Instead, they prefer to use the hardware power button found on their PCs and devices. If you are such a user, you might want to change the default behavior of the Shut down button from the Start Menu into something else, which you are likely to use more frequently: Log off, Lock, Restart, Sleep or Switch User. Or you might prefer to configure the hardware power button that's found on your Windows computer or device, to put it to sleep instead of shutting it down as it happens by default.