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Windows 7: Creating a shortcut to "turn off display"


06 Aug 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Creating a shortcut to "turn off display"

I want to automate four steps to change the time it takes to turn off the display. I do this at least twice a day. Instead of going through the four steps: personalize, screen saver, change power settings, change when the computer sleeps and then turn off display, I made a new shortcut and copied the line on top [screenshot enclosed] which made the target C:\Windows\System32\control.exe Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings. I clicked it but it didn't work. Any idea how to create the shortcut? I change this at least twice daily.




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06 Aug 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello pxfragonard,

If you like, you could create two separate power plan shortcuts (ex: High Performance and Balanced) using the tutorial below. Afterwards, change the settings in these power plans to what you want, and have the "Turn off display" set differently in each power plan. This way you could quickly change power plans by clicking on the shortcut for what power plan settings you want to use at the time.

Power Plan - Create Shortcut to Change Power Plan

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Aug 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Brilliant! I'll try that. Of course, I could make a custom power plan too, right?
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06 Aug 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

To make it easier to create the shortcut, you should use one of the default power plans, but you can change their settings to anything you like though.
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06 Aug 2013   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

OK. Thanks, Sean.
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06 Aug 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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12 Sep 2014   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You know, I tried this and it worked brilliantly until I had some trouble that HP or Windows diagnosed as being because I was on a low power plan (same sleep schedule, different "lights out") Does that make sense?

Is there a way to just create a shortcut to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings and keep it on the taskbar?
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12 Sep 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I suppose the low power plan was restricting it to much.

Sure, if you like, there's an advanced Power Options shortcut that you could use.

Advanced Power Options Shortcut - Create
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12 Sep 2014   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks, Sean. You're a saint [slap] You're a genius [slap], you're a saint AND a genius
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12 Sep 2014   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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