How to Add Hibernate to the Windows 10 Start Menu

Nancy Messieh 05-04-2018

Windows gives its users pretty robust controls over how laptop or computer handles its power options. But by default, the Windows Hibernate option is one that is not readily accessible.


Hibernation vs. Sleep Mode

There’s only a small difference between Hibernate and Sleep modes Sleep Mode vs. Hibernate Mode: Which Power-Saving Mode Should You Use? What exactly does Sleep mode do? How is it different from Hibernate mode, which is an extra option on Windows computers? Which should you choose, and are there downsides to using them? Read More .

In Sleep mode, the computer is in what is called a low-energy state, and power is cut from the display, hard drive, and ports. The only component that is still powered during sleep mode is RAM.

In Hibernate mode, power is cut from all of the above, as well as the RAM. This means that if you have a power outage How Power Outages Can Damage Your Computer (And How to Protect It) Unplugging your computer during severe storms? You may want to start. Here's how power outages can damage your PC. Read More in your home or office, you’re ensuring no data loss. It’s essentially the same as turning off your computer or laptop without having to close all your files and program.

Turning your computer back on from Sleep mode is also a little faster than turning it back on from Hibernate mode.

How to Add Hibernate to the Windows 10 Start Menu

By default, Hibernate mode is not included in the power options in the Windows 10 start menu:


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Here’s what you need to do to add it:

  1. Open Power Options. There are two ways you can do this: either right click the battery icon in your system tray and click Power Options, or open the Control Panel and click Power Options.
  2. Click Choose what closing the lid does or Choose what the power buttons do.
  3. If you don’t see Hibernate under Shutdown settings, click the link Change settings that aren’t currently availableHow to Add Hibernate to the Windows 10 Start Menu Settings Unavailable
  4. Under Shutdown settings, you should know see Hibernate as an option. Toggle the feature on with the checkbox so that Hibernate appears in the Power menu.

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Once you’ve done that, you should now see Hibernate among the options when you click the Power button in the Start menu.

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Now if you’d rather put your computer in Hibernate rather than Sleep mode, it’s just a few clicks away.

If hibernation mode isn’t for you and your computer is running low on storage space, you may want to consider completely getting rid of the hibernation option Should You Delete the Hiberfil.sys File in Windows 10? Hibernation in Windows 10 takes up a lot of disk space. You can delete hiberfil.sys, but should you? Here's what you need to know about hibernation. Read More altogether.

Related topics: Hiberation, Start Menu, Windows Tips.

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  1. Anjali sharma
    April 5, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for your list.