If you're wondering how to increase the performance of your
Windows 11 PC, you may already know one way: Use the Windows 10
power-performance slider. But in Windows 11, Microsoft has hidden
it in a new location. We'll show you where.
Microsoft offers you an easy way to boost performance in Windows 10, as
our previous article notes. On the Windows taskbar, clicking the
battery icon opens what we know as the power slider, where you can
trade lower performance for extended battery life.
In Windows 10, finding the Windows power-performance slider is
simple: just click the battery icon
Naturally, this feature is common on laptops, less so on
desktops. But it does make a difference. Microsoft, for example,
dials down the performance slider on its devices to their most
minimal settings, preserving battery life at the cost of
performance. On Surface devices like the Surface Laptop 4 and the Surface Pro 7+, simply sliding the performance
slide to best performance can give you an extra boost of six to
seven percent, depending upon the benchmark. (Check out those
reviews for the actual numbers.)
As our Windows 11 review mentions, Microsoft
moved the power-performance slider from its traditional role within
the Windows taskbar to a new location within the Windows 11
Settings menu. Clicking the existing battery icon on the Windows 11
taskbar doesn't reveal the power slider. Instead, it actually opens
the Windows 11 quick settings, where you can adjust the volume
levels, turn on Focus Assist, and more.
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How to get to the
Windows 11 Power Mode
In Windows 11, the Windows power-performance slider isn't a
slider. In fact, it has a formal name: Windows 11 Power Mode.
To get to it, you'll need to visit the Windows 11 Settings menu
proper, either by navigating through the Start menu or just by
clicking the WIN+X button and navigating to the
proper location. Within Settings, go to System > Power &
Battery, then scroll down to the power mode button. Here, you
should see several options, capping them off with Best performance.
Choose the one that works for you.
Go to the Windows 11 Settings > System > Power &
battery menu to access the Windows 11 Power Mode dropdown
Note that these menu choices are dependent upon your PC's
hardware maker. If you've bought a desktop or built one yourself,
you may not see any options here under Power Mode. But if you've
purchased a laptop, you should have several options from which to
choose. Why not crank up your PC to maximum power?
True, asking your laptop to run at best performance levels may
drain your battery faster, if it's not plugged in. That
will only happen while it's actively being used while on batteyr,
however, and not while it's sleeping. If your laptop is always at
your desk, dialing up a little extra performance can be the
pick-me-up it needs to run a bit faster.