Sleep Mode

Hi Experts,

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 11 3000 for quick access to my Outlook and files. I am thinking that I will not use it that often. When I need it, I will need it quick.

I am wondering if I can just close it without shutting down for days or is this bad?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Sleep mode uses battery slowly. Overnight is no issue- I do that a lot. For days, I would not use Sleep. Use Hibernation instead. Go to Windows Advanced power properties and enable Hibernation. Use that for days of non use

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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
FWIW, if you have a SSD drive, I'd suggest hibernation over sleep.  I use my home computer typically nightly, and want it to be up fast when I want to use it.  But it's a fairly new and fast machine with SSD, and with Windows 10 it comes back from hibernation in very little time.  And I don't have to worry about losing anything I was working on, or open programs if I put it to sleep and for some reason the battery gets a bit too low, and loses memory, etc.  And when it's hibernated it's using no power.

Yes, it's a personal thing, but for my hibernation is so fast that for a daily purpose it feels like the right fit.  I would be more inclined to use sleep if I were just stepping away from it for 15 to 30 minutes, or the like.

Joseph HornseyPresident and JanitorCommented:
You can modify what it does through your power settings in Windows.  Generally speaking, I set mine as follows:

- Plugged in:  Do nothing when the lid closes
- Not Plugged In:  Hibernate when the lid closes
- Either:  Power down when power button is pressed

This is just personal preference, of course.

The reason why I have it do nothing (i.e., stay powered on) with the lid closed when it's plugged in is because our AV and maintenance agents run in the middle of the night.  It helps keep things up to date.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and I was happy to help you with this
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