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You’ve surely used the power menu in Windows 10 to shut down your computer or put it to sleep. But did you know that you can also use the physical power button on a desktop or laptop for different functions?

By default your power button will shut down your computer, but you can change it to turn off the display instead.

Right-click on the Start Button to open the Power User Menu How to Customize the Quick Access Menu in Windows 10 and 8 How to Customize the Quick Access Menu in Windows 10 and 8 The Windows Quick Access menu is not as useful as it could be. We'll show you how to customize and re-organize the Win+X power use menu. Read More . Choose Power Options and the Settings app will open. Under Related Settings, click Additional power settings to open the Control Panel entry Power Options. Here, you should find a link to Choose what the power buttons do in the left sidebar — choose that to open the relevant menu.

Now, you’ll see a few fields labeled When I press the power button and When I press the sleep button. If you’re on a laptop, When I close the lid also appears here. For each, you can change the default behavior (Shut down and Sleep respectively) to a different action. These include Hibernate, Do nothing, and Turn off the display.

Pro Tip: Learn the differences between sleep and hibernate modes Sleep Mode vs. Hibernate Mode: Which Power-Saving Mode Should You Use? Sleep Mode vs. Hibernate Mode: Which Power-Saving Mode Should You Use? What exactly does Sleep mode do? How is it different from Hibernate mode, which is an extra option on Windows computers? Which should you choose, and are there downsides to using them? Read More .

It’s the last one we’re interested in, but which button to choose depends on your computer. Not many computers have a dedicated physical sleep button, and the only other place you’ll find one is on certain keyboards. Unless you have either of those, we recommend changing the power button to Turn off the display. This is especially useful for laptops so you can quickly shut off the screen and save battery power How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life Battery life is a pretty important factor for mobile devices. While Windows 10 does offer new features to manage power settings, the defaults are not necessarily contributing to optimal battery life. Time to change that. Read More .

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Even if you choose this, pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds will still perform a hard shutdown on your PC, so you don’t have to worry about losing that functionality.

Have you overridden the power button action on your computer? Do you find having a shortcut to turn off your display is useful? Tell us down in the comments!

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  1. Mark
    June 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I'm running a Surface 4 and there is no Turn off the Display choice.

  2. Paul
    June 15, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Every OS supports floppies, even Android.