How to Create or Delete Your Own Custom Power Plans in Windows

power plansAll modern Windows operating systems allow users to create their own, custom power plans and use one of the default plans as the starting point. The procedure for creating them is not very complex and it allows you to configure in detail all the aspects that are related to power plans. Here's how to create your own power plan in Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Open the Create Power Plan Window

In order to create your own power plan, you first have to open the Power Options window. If you don't know how to do this, read the section named How to Start the Power Options Window in Windows 7 & Windows 8, found in this article.

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In the Power Plan window, click or tap the "Create a power plan" link in the menu to the left side of the window, to get to the Create Power Plan window.

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Create Your Own Basic Power Plans

New power plans are based on one of the default Windows plans: Power Saver, Balanced or High Performance. Therefore, the first step is to choose the power plan you want used as the basis for the new one. To learn more about the differences between each default power plan, don't hesitate to read "What's Different Between the Default Power Plans" section in this guide.

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Set a name for the new power plan, in the Plan name field.

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Then, click or tap Next to edit the basic settings of the plan.

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The default values for all the settings of the new plan are those from the base plan you have chosen, and you can change them any way you want.

This is how the "Edit plan settings" windows looks like in Windows 8.1.

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If you are using Windows 7, you will also have a setting named Dim the display. This option is not available in Windows 8.1 because the display will dim 15 seconds before it is turned off. Below you can see how the "Edit plan settings" windows looks like in Windows 7.

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When you have finished customizing the basic power plan settings, click or tap the Create button.

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Now you have a brand new power plan that is automatically set as active.

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How to Configure Advanced Settings for the New Power Plan

Editing your new power plan is done just like when editing the default plans existing in Windows. In the Power Options window, click or tap the "Change plan settings" link corresponding to the power plan you created. The "Edit plan settings" window is opened.

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To get to the advanced configuration settings, click or tap the "Change advanced power settings" link at the bottom of the window.

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Then configure each item, as shown in this guide. When done, save the changes to your new power plan, by clicking or tapping the Save changes button.

How to Delete Your Own Power Plan

You can only delete a power plan that you have created. You cannot delete any of the default plans existing in Windows. To delete a custom power plan, you first have to choose another power plan as the active one. If you don't know how to do that, please read the "How to change the active power plan" section in this article.

After you select another power plan, click or tap the "Change plan settings" link for the plan you want to delete. In the "Edit plan settings" window click or tap the Delete this plan link.

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A pop-up dialog will show up on your screen, asking you if you really want to delete the created power plan. Click or tap the OK button.

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The selected power plan is deleted, and you cannot use it anymore.

Conclusion

I hope you have found this guide useful. Don't hesitate to use it to create your own power plans with settings that better meet your needs. Experiment with the available settings and, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask using the comments form below.