How to Keep My Computer From Going Into Idle

By Aurelio Locsin

From providing games for amusement, communicating with people across the globe, managing home budgeting and creating business reports, the computer has proven adept at many home and work tasks. You may leave yours on 24 hours a day to take advantage of round-the-clock news access, midnight backups and up-to-the-minute software updates. To save energy, however, many computers to into idle mode when left alone for a defined period of time. You may want to prevent that from happening if you have a task that requires processing for an hour or two.

PC

Step 1

Click “Start” and then choose “Control Panel” to display the “Control Panel" window.

Step 2

Double-click “Power Options” to display the “Power Options Properties” dialog.

Step 3

Click the “Power Schemes” tab. Choose “Always On” for the “Power Schemes” drop-down.

Step 4

Choose “Never” for all the drop-downs under “Setting for Always On” such as “Turn Off Monitor” and “System Standby.”

Step 5

Click the “Hibernate” tab and put a blank into “Enable Hibernation” check box if it is enabled.

Step 6

Click “OK” to save your settings and close the dialog box.

Mac

Step 1

Click “System Preferences” from the dock to display the “System Preferences” dialog box.

Step 2

Click “Energy Saver” to display the “Energy Saver” dialog box. Click “Show Details” to display the sleep options.

Step 3

Move the sliders to “Never” under “Put the Computer to Sleep” and “Put the Display to Sleep.”

Step 4

Put a blank into the “Put the Hard Disks to Sleep” check box if it is enabled.

Step 5

Close the dialog boxes to save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Section 1 applies specifically to Windows XP but works for other versions of Windows.