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Change the Function of Your Laptop's Power Button

1. Click Start, type power, and then click Power Options.

2. In the lefthand sidebar, click Choose what the power buttons do.

3. You should see two pull-down menus alongside When I press the power button. One is for when the laptop's running on battery power, the other for when it's plugged in. Choose the setting you want for each scenario.

4. Click Save changes and you're done.

As you may have noticed, this screen also lets you change the functions for the sleep button (if your laptop has one) and for what happens when you close the laptop's lid. So you can kill a couple button-birds with this particular settings stone.

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How can I re-assign the button config.?


Go to the lower lefthand corner of your desktop screen and click on the start button, then scroll up and choose control panel, click on the mouse icon, click on button configuration and all of the options are there to reconfigure the buttons.

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how do I customize the keyboard sleep button?


It's in the Power Options. Click on your start button, and start typing in "Power Options". On the left hand side of the screen that pops up will be something titled "Choose what the power buttons do". Click on that. It will give you options for both the power and sleep buttons.

Jun 27, 2014 | Dell Inspiron One 2020 All-in-One Desktop

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Computer won't come out of sleep


Sleep Mode Problems on a Dell Computer b> When Microsoft patched the power-saving features of Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista, certain Dell computers were affected by various issues where the computers would go into sleep mode and be unable to come out of it or error out and not go into sleep mode. Sometimes the computers would go into sleep mode and wake up only when a USB mouse was jostled. Pressing keys on the keyboard would not wake the computer because the keyboard would stop functioning

Open the Dell support page on your Internet browser. See the link Below . http://support.dell.com/ Make sure to have your seven-digit alphanumeric (letters and numbers) service tag. Place that information into the "Choose by Service Tag" option. Make sure that the option for the "Operating System" is correct. Go to "+Bios" and click on the "+" symbol. Click on "Download" at the far right, save and run the downloaded file. Restart your computer after installing the file. Test the "Power-saving" feature once you have rebooted. b> If Section I Does Not Resolve the Issue Go to "Display Properties" by right-clicking in an open area on your desktop and left-clicking on "Properties." Click on the "Settings" tab. Check if the "Display" midway down is saying "Plug and Play Monitor on..." If it is not, go to the "Device Manager." Left-click on the "X" in the top right corner of the "Display Properties" menu. Go to "Start," left-click, and then open the "Control Panel" (or "Settings" and then "Control Panel" depending on your system is set up). Select "System," go to the "Hardware" tab, and left-click on it. Left-click on "Device Manager" about 1/3 of the way down that page. Look at "Monitors" and see a "+" symbol. Left-click on it once and see if it has an exclamation point,"!," with a yellow circle around it. If it does, right-click on the "Plug and Play Monitor" and left-click on "Update Driver." Choose "Yes, this time only" and then left-click on "Next." The wizard will update the monitor drivers automatically, if possible. Restart if necessary once updated. Test the"Sleep" mode again. The computer should go into sleep mode and then wake up successfully. b> If Section I and II Do Not Work Left-click on "Start" and then "Control Panel" (or "Settings" and then "Control Panel," depending on your system's setup). Double-click on "Power Options" to open it. Open the "Hibernate" tab and click on "Enable Hibernate." You may have to reboot again. Test the "Sleep" mode function again. b> Windows Vista Open the Dell support page in your Internet browser. See the link Below. http://support.dell.com/ Make sure to have your seven-digit alphanumeric service tag. Place that information into the "Choose by Service Tag" option. Make sure that the option for the "Operating System" is correct. Go to "+Bios" and click on the "+" symbol. Click on "Download" on the far right. Save and run the downloaded file. Restart the computer after installing the file. Test the "Power-saving" feature once you have rebooted. b> If Section IV Doesn't Work b> Reboot the system and press "F2" or "Del" to get into Bios. Make sure that the "Legacy USB" option is enabled. Save and exit the Bios and start Windows Vista. Go to "Start" and then "Control Panel." "Switch to Classic View" on the left side. Click on "Power Options." Click "Change Plan Settings" and then "Change Advanced Power Settings." Set the "Sleep>Sleep After" to "Never." Set the "Sleep>Allow Hybrid Sleep" to "Never." Set the "Sleep> Hibernate After" to one minute after the monitor and hard drive are set to turn off. Set the "Power" button and "Lid>Start" menu power button" to "Hibernate." Restart the computer and test the "Power Sleep" mode. b> If Section IV and V Do Not Work b> Find the "Windows" sidebar at the bottom right corner. Right-click on it to disable it. Test the "Sleep" mode again. If the computer does go to sleep, enable the "Windows" sidebar by going into the "Control Panel" and enabling it again. Start turning off each gadget one by one, and test the "Sleep" mode to see which gadget is causing the problem. Look at the system and see if you have a "Google" sidebar." If you do have Google sidebar, then pick only one to use, or choose not to use either of them. To remove the "Google" sidebar, left-click on "Start," then left-click on "Control Panel." Double-click on "Programs and Features." Wait for the computer to populate installed software on your computer. Find the "Google" sidebar and remove it by left clicking on it and left click "Uninstall." If you want to remove the "Windows" sidebar, right-click on it, left-click on properties to open "Properties," then remove the check from the "Start Sidebar When Windows Starts," selection and click "OK." Disable Sleep Mode Microsoft Windows 7 uses sleep mode for desktops and laptops to save power during times when the computer is not in use but does not need to be shut down. Sleep mode pauses and suspends your computer until you are ready to continue. In some cases, sleep mode interferes with scheduled tasks or operations such as remote desktop connections. Microsoft allows sleep mode to be turned off and disabled for users that have no need for the function or find that the feature is interfering with their normal computing activities.

Click the "Start" button to expand the Windows "Start" menu. Select "Control" panel in the right column of the "Start" menu and click "System and Security." Click "Power Options" and press the "Change Plan Settings" link next to your computer's currently selected power management plan. Select "Never" from the "Put The Computer to Sleep" drop-down menu. Select "Change Advanced Power Settings" beneath the "Change Settings For The Plan" heading. This launches a "Power Options" panel. Double-click "Sleep" in the menu tree to expand the advanced "Sleep" options. Select "Sleep After" and use the arrow to select "Never." Select this option for both "On Battery" and "Plugged In" if you are configuring power options on a laptop. Click the small "plus" icon next to "Hibernate After" to view hibernation settings. Click the arrow to select "Never." Select "Never" for both "On Battery" and "Plugged In" if you are configuring your power options for a laptop. Click "OK" to close the advanced power options. Select "Save Changes" to save your new power management configuration. Your computer's sleep mode is disabled.

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Jan 25, 2013 | Dell OptiPlex 760 MT Desktop Computer

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My battery is set up to charge to 80%. How to I change it to charge a 100%?


It possible that you battery needs to be calibrated. Here are some steps that may help resolve this issue:
  1. Connect the AC adapter and allow the battery to charge to 99% - 100% of capacity.
  2. Disconnect the AC adapter from the notebook PC.
  3. Click Start , enter power in the Search field, and then selectPower Options from the list.
  4. Select Create a power plan from the left sidebar.
  5. Click in the Plan name field and type Calibrator . Then, press Enter .
  6. Select Never for all topics in the On battery column.
  7. Click Create to accept the values and force the battery to consistently discharge.
  8. Allow the battery to discharge completely until the notebook PC shuts down.


    1. Connect the AC adapter and allow the battery to charge to 99% - 100% of capacity.
    2. Disconnect the AC adapter from the notebook PC.
    3. Click Start , enter power in the Search field, and then selectPower Options from the list.
    4. Select Create a power plan from the left sidebar.
    5. Click in the Plan name field and type Calibrator . Then, press Enter .
    6. Select Never for all topics in the On battery column.
    7. Click Create to accept the values and force the battery to consistently discharge.
    8. Allow the battery to discharge completely until the notebook PC shuts down.


    9. Connect the AC adapter and restart the notebook PC.
    10. After calibration, return to the Power Options dialog box (Step 3) and select your default power plan setting.
    onnect the AC adapter and restart the notebook PC.
  9. After calibration, return to the Power Options dialog box (Step 3) and select your default power plan setting.

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