How to Change What the Power Button Does in Windows 7


There are many different ways that people manage their computers when they are done using them. Some people like to turn off their computers by choosing to shut it down, while others prefer to put the computer in “Hibernate” mode so that it does not need to fully boot the next time it is turned on. Regardless of your preference, you may not like what the default power button action does in Windows 7. Fortunately this is something that you can change on your computer, so continue reading below to learn how to change what the power button does in Windows 7.

Are you interested in learning more about Windows 8? This operating system provides a lot of improvements and changes over Windows 7 and could help to improve your experience with your computer. Read more about Windows 8, including the cost of upgrading and the new features included in the operating system.

 

How to Change Power Button Settings in Windows 8

 

There are several different options from which you can choose for defining the power button action. These include Switch user, Log off,  Lock, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, and Shut Down. Once you define the setting using the procedure outlined below, the change will take effect immediately. Note that you can always choose from the full set of options by clicking the arrow to the right of the power button on the Start menu.

 

Step 1: Right-click the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, then click Properties.

windows 7 taskbar properties menu

 

Step 2: Click the Start menu tab at the top of the window.

click the start menu tab

 

Step 3: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Power button action, then click the option you want to use for the power button in the future.

how to change the windows 7 power button action

 

Step 4: Click the Apply button at the bottom of the window, then click the OK button.

 

There are a lot of other changes that you can make from the menu as well. For example, you can choose to move the taskbar to a different location on the screen, or you can move it back to the bottom if it has accidentally been moved to the top or the side.

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