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How to Change the Default Power Button Action in Windows 8


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This tutorial will show you how to change the default action in Windows 8 for when users press the PC's power button to either Do Nothing, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shut down the PC.

All users will be able to change the power button setting that will affect all users in Windows 8.





Power Button Action - Change in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Power Button Action - Change in Windows 8
Change Power Button Action using Advanced Power Settings

1. Open the advanced power settings for your power plan.

2. Under Power buttons and lid, set the Power button action to what you like, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will only have two separate On battery and Plugged in options if your PC runs on a battery or is a desktop PC with a UPS connected to it via data cable. The Hibernate option will not be listed unless you enabled hibernate and have turned off the Hybrid sleep option in the advanced power plan settings. If you wanted Hybrid, then turn on hybrid sleep in your advanced power plans settings and you select Sleep for the action below.

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Power Button Action - Change in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Power Button Action - Change in Windows 8
Change Power Button Action using System Settings

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Power Options icon.

2. On the left side, click/tap on the Choose what the power buttons do link. (see screenshot below)

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3. Under Power and sleep button settings, set the Power button action to what you like, and click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will only have two separate On battery and Plugged in options if your PC runs on a battery or is a desktop PC with a UPS connected to it via data cable. The Hibernate option will not be listed unless you enabled hibernate and have turned off the Hybrid sleep option in the advanced power plan settings. If you wanted Hybrid, then turn on hybrid sleep in your advanced power plans settings and you select Sleep for the action below.

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That's it,
Shawn