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Saving Energy - Adjusting Power Settings

Adjusting Power Settings - Windows XP

You can adjust energy saver settings from the "Power Options" icon in the Windows Control Panel. In some Windows configurations, the "Power Options" icon is within the "Performance and Maintenance" category.

If you are leaving your computer unattended for any length of time (more than 6 hours) power off both the computer and display.

Windows energy saver settings

To adjust settings:

  1. Go to Start -> Control Panel, and double-click "Power Options"
  2. Choose "Home/Office Desk" from the Power Scheme pulldown menu.
  3. You can adjust settings for how long the computer must be inactive before the monitor and hard drive turn off, and the computer enters "Standby" mode.

Adjusting Power Settings - Macintosh OS X

You can adjust energy saver settings in Macintosh OS X via the "Energy Saver" "System Preference". The settings you select should be set based on how you use your computer.

If you are leaving your computer unattended for any length of time (more than 6 hours) power off both the computer and display.

Mac energy saver settings

To adjust settings:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Energy Saver.
  2. Select Sleep.
  3. You can adjust settings for how long the computer must be inactive before it enters "Sleep" mode, how long the computer is inactive before the display goes to sleep, and whether hard disks are allowed to go to sleep.
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