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For Seniors: Customize a Windows 8.1 Power Plan

Your Windows 8.1 laptop will offer you a variety of preset power plans to choose from, but you may want to customize instead. If the preset power plans don’t appeal to you, you can modify one and save it as your own customized power plan.

1

From the Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound→Power Options.

A Power Options window will appear.

2

In the Power Options window that appears, click the Create a Power Plan link on the left side.

A window will appear with preset plans.

3

In the Create a Power Plan window that appears, select the preset plan that is closest to what you want to create.

Don’t worry if it’s not exactly what you want.

4

Enter a name for the plan in the Plan Name text box and click Next.

You may want to make this personal and descriptive in case you choose to add multiple plans.

5

In the Edit Plan Settings window that appears, make settings for how the laptop power functions when plugged in or running off the battery.

Consider how portable you need your laptop to be before setting how your laptop functions.

6

Click Create to create your new plan.

Windows returns you to the Power Options window with your new plan added to the list of power plans.

If you choose to run your laptop with the power cord plugged in, your laptop could get warm to the touch, even though it has an internal fan. Consider unplugging your laptop occasionally to run off of battery power, or buying a laptop cooler, a pad with a fan inside that dispels heat from your laptop when you place it on the pad.

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