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See Active Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power plan.

Windows 11 includes the following power plans by default:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to see which power plan is currently set as the active power plan for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Name of Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 11 includes the following power plans by default:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to rename a power plan in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

You can export a power plan and all its settings to a POW file as a backup.

You can then import the POW file when ready to restore the power plan and its settings to any computer as it was when exported (backed up).

This tutorial will show you how to export (back up) and import (restore) a power plan in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 11 includes the following power plans by default:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to change the settings of a power plan to customize how you want in Windows 11.

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Delete Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power plan.

Windows 10/11 includes the following power plans by default:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 10/11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default, but can be added to any edition. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems by default.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

If you have a power plan you no longer use or need, you can delete it.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a power plan in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Create Custom Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

You can customize the default plans for your systems, or create new custom plans that are based on the existing plans.

This tutorial will show you how to create a new custom power plan that can be used by all users on the Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

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Restore Missing Power Plans in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 11 includes the following power plans by default:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 10/11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.

This tutorial will show you how to restore the built-in Balanced, High performance, Power saver, and/or Ultimate Performance power plans if missing in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Choose Power Plan” context menu in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 11 includes the following default power plans:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to add Choose Power Plan to the desktop context menu for all users to be able to open Power Options or instantly switch between using the Power Saver, Balanced, High Performance, or Ultimate Performance plan for their account in Windows 11.

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Change Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 11 includes the following default power plans:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to choose a power plan to be the current active power scheme used by default for your account in Windows 11.

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How to View All Power Plan Settings in a Text File in Windows

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

Normally, you could view all current settings of a power plan in Power Options. If you like, you could also output these settings to a text file. This can make it easier to share or show the power plan settings.

If you like, you can choose to include all hidden settings of a power plan, but these settings are hidden by default in Power Options since they usually do not apply to your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to output all current settings of a specified power plan to a text file to review in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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