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.
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 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:
Here’s what you need to do to add it:
- 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.
- Click Choose what closing the lid does or Choose what the power buttons do.
- If you don’t see Hibernate under Shutdown settings, click the link Change settings that aren’t currently available.
- 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.
Once you’ve done that, you should now see Hibernate among the options when you click the Power button in the Start menu.
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 altogether.