6 Ways to Prevent Windows 10 Sleep Mode

While we are working on our machines, often without moving the mouse or pressing any keys on the…

Prevent Windows 10 Sleep Mode

While we are working on our machines, often without moving the mouse or pressing any keys on the keyboard as we are reading some eBooks, an article, or watching a show or movie. As the system will go to sleep according to the configured power plan which causes hindrance in our activity and pulls out our attention.

We can do this by configuring our power plan so that it won’t let our machine sleep even though we don’t press any key or move the mouse. You can do this through built-in settings in Windows 10 or by using a third-party tool. Just navigate down through the article to find a suitable way to keep your computer from sleeping.

Using Windows Power Options to Manage Sleep Mode

From Settings App

Perform the following steps to prevent your Windows 10 computer from going into sleep mode from the built-in Settings app:

  1. Navigate to:
    Settings app >> System >> Power & sleep
  2. Now select Never from the drop-down menus under “On battery power” and “When plugged in” in the Sleep section.
    Settings never

Your computer will now never go into sleep mode.

From Control Panel

You can solve the issue of the computer entering sleep mode by performing the following steps through the Control Panel:

  1. Open Power Options in the Control Panel by typing in powercfg.cpl in Run.
  2. Now click Change plan settings under Selected Plan.
    Change plan settings
  3. On the next page, click Change settings that are currently unavailable to unlock the greyed-out settings below.
    change unavailable settings
  4. Now select Never from the drop-down menus in front of “Put the computer to sleep” uner On Battery as well as Plugged in. Click Save changes when done.
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You just changed the settings for only one plan, if you have more than one plan then you need to change the settings for each plan when selected as the Current plan.

From Screen Saver Settings

If the above configurations have not worked for you, you can also perform the steps given below that will turn off sleep mode on your PC, or refer to the given third-party tools below as an alternative method.

  1. Open the Screen Saver Settings by navigating to:
    Settings app >> Personlization >> Lock Screen >> Screen saver settings
    ss settings
  2. From the pop-up Screen Saver Settings window, select None from the drop-down menu under Screen saver, and uncheck the box next to “On resume, dismplay logon screen.” When done, click Apply and Ok to save the configuration.

This will prevent the screen saver from appearing when the computer goes to sleep mode, which it no longer should.

The methods discussed till now disable the sleep mode permanently unless the settings are changed back. However, using the third-party tools, you can allot specific times when the sleep mode should be disabled, and when it is automatically enabled.

Through Third-Party Tools

Don’t Sleep

Download Don’t Sleep from here

Don’t sleep is small portable tool that don’t allow your system to Restart, Shutdown, Hibernate or go to Sleep.

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Don’t Sleep

The advantage of using this tool is that it can provide you with a timer, which helps you to make your settings automatically change. If you want to keep your system awake during specific hours, just add that time limit to the timer and switch it on.

Don’t Sleep saves you time by not having to reconfigure your settings over and over again for different sleep mode requirements.


Download Insomnia from here

Insomnia is available in both 32 Bit and 64 Bit architecture. It is a very small and simple utility.

Upon installing, a small window will appear on your screen that says “The computer can’t go to sleep while this window is open”. So as long as we open the window, your machine will stay awake and will not go to sleep.

So you don’t have to set any timer or anything else regarding the settings to keep your system awake.

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Download Noise from here

This is another simple tool. When you install it, a window will open that asks you to enter any key from the keyboard, and then after every 60 seconds it sends the same keystroke to the processor automatically so that it thinks that someone is using and pressing the keys.

In this way system won’t go to sleep and the screen will remain on. Users can easily use any key by opening this little window. It won’t create any obstacles or stop the user from doing their work.

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Noise is accessible through the system tray. You can easily open it by clicking its icon and enter any key, or changing it as required. You can also add combinations of numbers and characters.

Closing Words

These are all simple and easy ways to stop your system from going to sleep or turning your system’s screen off while watching a movie, reading an eBook, or downloading a large file. These tools will provide you with simple installation and ease of use.

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  1. Helpful person says:

    Link for Insomnia is wrong. It is a broken link to a domain name for a completely different application.

    I found the application here:

  2. Have you heard of econap? That’s a good tool to prevent the standby while your pc is doing something

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