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How to speed up your laptop with Windows 11’s power mode

Microsoft’s Windows 10 power-performanc­e slider moves to Windows 11, but it isn’t that easy to find.

- BY MARK HACHMAN

If you’re wondering how to increase the performanc­e of your Windows 11 PC, you may already know one way: Use the Windows 10 power-performanc­e slider. But in Windows 11, Microsoft has hidden it in a new location. We’ll show you where.

Microsoft offers an easy way to boost performanc­e in Windows 10, as our previous article notes ( fave.co/3b3fg6c). On the Windows taskbar, clicking the battery icon opens the power slider, where you can trade lower performanc­e for extended battery life.

Naturally, this feature is common on laptops, less so on desktops. But it does make a difference. Microsoft, for example, dials down the performanc­e slider on its devices to their most minimal settings, preserving battery life at the cost of performanc­e. On Surface devices like the Surface Laptop 4 ( fave. co/3jfyvii) and the Surface Pro 7+ ( fave.co/3jfyvii), simply sliding the performanc­e slider to “best performanc­e” can give you an extra boost of 6 to 7 percent, depending upon the benchmark. (Check out those reviews for the actual numbers.)

As our Windows 11 review mentions (see page 25), Microsoft moved the powerperfo­rmance slider from its traditiona­l place within the Windows taskbar to a new location within the Windows 11 Settings menu. Clicking the existing battery icon on the Windows 11 taskbar doesn’t reveal the power slider.

Instead, it actually opens the Windows 11 quick settings, where you can adjust the volume levels, turn on

Focus Assist, and more.

HOW TO GET TO THE WINDOWS 11 POWER MODE

In Windows 11, the Windows power-performanc­e slider isn’t a slider. In fact, it has a formal name: Windows 11 Power Mode.

To get to it, you’ll need to visit the Windows 11 Settings menu proper, either by navigating through the Start menu or by clicking the WIN+X button and navigating to the proper location. Within Settings, go to System > Power & Battery, then scroll down to the “power mode” button. Here you should see several options, capped off with “Best performanc­e.” Choose the one that works for you.

Note that these menu choices are dependent upon your PC’S hardware maker. If you’ve bought a desktop or built one yourself, you may not see any options here under Power Mode. But if you’ve purchased a laptop, you should have several options from which to choose. Why not crank up your PC to maximum power?

True, asking your laptop to run at “Best performanc­e” levels may drain your battery faster, if the machine’s not plugged in. That will only happen when you’re actively being using it while it’s on the battery, however, and not while it’s sleeping. If your “laptop” is always sitting on your desk, dialing up a little extra performanc­e can be the pickme-up it needs to run a bit faster.

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In Windows 10, finding the Windows power-performanc­e slider is simple: Just click the battery settings.
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Go to the Windows 11 Settings > System > Power & battery menu to access the Windows 11 Power Mode dropdown menu.
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Clicking on “Best performanc­e” may drain your laptop’s battery faster.

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