windows 7 sleep mode

Understand the Windows 7 sleep mode

The sleep mode is a power saving state of your computer, which keeps all your documents, browser windows, and applications running, however, power is conserved by cutting it to all parts of the computer that are not needed.

How can I put my computer or laptop in sleep mode?

- most laptops go in sleep mode automatically as soon as you close the lid

- if you are running Windows 7, you can put your computer in sleep mode by pressing the Start button, then the triangle arrow next to Shut down, and selecting Sleep (see the image below)

sleep mode

- You can also press the Sleep button on your keyboard as long as your keyboard has one

How to get out of Windows 7 sleep mode:

- press a button on your keyboard

- click a mouse button

- move the mouse

- press the Wake Up key on your keyboard

- press the Power button on your computer

If the Sleep Shutdown option is not available, then either your video card does not support it, your computer administrator has changed some of the Windows settings, or sleep mode has been disabled in your computer’s BIOS.

How to turn off sleep mode in Windows 7

Open the Control Panel, click on Power Options, and then click Change when the computer sleeps (see the image below); under the put the computer to sleep, choose Never

power options

Why would you want to turn off sleep mode? Even though conserving power is a great idea, quite often you might not be able to get out of sleep mode and lose valuable data. In addition, if you computer goes in sleep mode automatically after a set period of time, you might not be able to access it remotely.