Article 60: Power Buttons

Hey ­­guys, welcome back to the Modern Nerd. Today I want to give you a few tips about your computer, and more specifically how you can change the button functions. The power and reset buttons on your computer are rarely used aren’t they? I mean sure, everyone gets frustrated and has to hard boot the thing every once in a while (I’ll explain that one further down if I just lost you), but for the most part the power button goes unused. Let’s figure out how to use Windows settings to make them more useful, so you don’t have to go through your start menu, or lackthereof in Windows 8, to tell the computer to go to sleep.

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

If you are running a Windows 7 or 8 operating system, hit your Windows key and type “Change what the Power Buttons do”. The Control Panel function is under Hardware and Sound/Power Options/System Settings. You may need to indicate to your computer to elevate your privledges to Administrator level to change all of the settings, but there will be a button with the Windows Kite Shield icon to show you where to click.

Dropdown menus allow you to select new options for your button functionalities. You can choose to make your power button initiate shut down, make the computer go to sleep, or you can turn off the functionality entirely if it is in a position where it could get pressed accidentally or to prevent shutdown of a computer accidentally that acts as a file server.

Password on Wakeup

You can also choose from this menu the requirements of a password on wake. If your account has a password, then it will default to on, but you can set this to your personal preference, if your computer goes to sleep and wakes up constantly then a password might get annoying.

Close Your Laptop’s Lid without Turning it Off

Do you want to use your laptop like a tower? Connect it to another monitor, or keyboard, etc.? This menu, if you have a laptop, will also allow you to change what closing the lid on your laptop will do. This is a really useful trick for connecting another TV or monitor, so you can set up a movie or stream and then close the laptop, turn off the laptop’s screen, and keep it running. Just don’t forget that the setting is like this, or you could lose a battery without knowing about it until it’s too late.


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Aaron Krick
Blog Contributor at the Computer Fixer


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