How to Change What the Power Button Does in Windows 7

Have you ever pressed the Power button on your Windows 7 computer, assuming it would turn off the computer, only to find that the computer has gone to sleep, or only the display has turned off? This occurs because the action taken by the Windows 7 Power button can perform a number of different tasks.

Fortunately you have control over what this Power button does, so you have the option to make it shut down the computer if you would like. Our tutorial below will show you a quick way to change this setting so that you can have the expected behavior that you prefer when you press the button.

How to Choose the Action Taken By Pressing the Power Button in Windows 7

The steps in this article are performed using a shortcut from the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. You can also define Power button actions by going to Control Panel > System & Security > Power Options> Choose what the power buttons do.

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar, then choose the Properties option.

open the taskbar and start menu properties window

Step 2: Select the Start Menu tab at the top of the window.

Step 3: Click the dropdown menu to the right of Power button action, then choose the desired option.

how to choose what power button does in windows 7

Step 4: Select Apply, then select OK to apply the change.

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