Convenience for some can be an issue to others. Some may like to have their screen be on at all times due to their nature of work or simply because they like the look of their desktop background while others may be working based on a grueling schedule with sleep cycles being late into the night and they prefer that the screen be powered down while important processes and downloads continue in the background on their silent machine. This tutorial will guide you in changing the screen timeout for laptops equipped with Windows 8.
1. Power up your laptop and log in to Windows 8.
2. From the Start screen, type and search for Control Panel.
3. Click on Power Options.
4. On the left hand pane, click on Choose when to turn off the display.
5. Click on Change advanced power settings.
6. In the new pop up window, regardless of which power plan you choose, you will need to scroll down to Display.
7. Click on the + sign to the left of Display to expand.
8. In the drop down options, select the time you want the display to timeout for both when on battery and when plugged in.
9. Click on Apply to save the settings and OK to exit the pop up window.
As soon as you click on Apply the settings will take effect immediately. You can now continue with what you were intending to work with and the screen will timeout at the allotted time if no gesture or movement via the trackpad/mouse or a command via the keyboard is registered on the laptop.