If you are wondering how to increase the performance of your Windows 11 PC, you might already know a way: use the Windows 10 energy performance slider. But in Windows 11, Microsoft hid it in a new location. We will show you where.
Microsoft gives you an easy way to improve Windows 10 performance, as our previous article noted. In the Windows taskbar, clicking on the battery icon opens what we call the power slider, where you can trade in lower performance for extended battery life.
In Windows 10, finding the Windows power performance slider is simple – just click on the battery iconm
Naturally, this feature is common on laptops, less so on desktops. But it does make a difference. Microsoft, for example, is reducing the performance slider of its devices to their most minimal settings, thus preserving battery life at the expense of performance. On Surface devices like the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 7+, just sliding the performance slider towards the best performance can give you an extra six to seven percent boost, depending on the benchmark. (Check out these reviews for the real numbers.)
As our review of Windows 11 mentioned, Microsoft has moved the power and performance slider from its traditional role on the Windows taskbar to a new location in the Settings menu in Windows 11. Click on the existing battery icon in the Windows 11 taskbar does not reveal the power slider. Instead, it actually opens Windows 11 Quick Settings, where you can adjust volume levels, activate Focus Assistant, and more.
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How to access Windows 11 power mode
In Windows 11, the Windows energy performance slider is not a slider. In fact, it has a formal name: Windows 11 Power Mode.
To access it, you will need to visit the Windows 11 Settings menu itself, either by navigating to the Start menu or simply clicking the button. WIN + X button and navigate to the appropriate location. In Settings, go to System> Power and battery, then scroll to the power mode button. Here you should see several options, styling them with the best performance. Choose the one that’s right for you.
Go to Windows 11 Settings> System> Power and battery menu to access the Windows 11 power mode drop-down menu.
Note that these menu choices depend on your PC’s hardware manufacturer. If you bought a desktop PC or built one yourself, you might not see any options here under Advanced Mode. But if you have purchased a laptop, you should have several options to choose from. Why not turn your PC to maximum power?
Certainly, asking your laptop to run at the best performance levels can drain your battery faster, if it is not plugged in. This will only happen while it is actively used while it is on battery power, however, and not while it is sleeping. If your laptop is always at your desk, cranking up performance a bit may be the boost it needs to run a bit faster.