This publication shows students and new users the steps to disable the power button on their computer in Windows 11. The power button on a computer is used to turn the PC on and off. If you ever accidentally turn off your PC with the power button and want to avoid it again, the steps below will show you how.

If you also have little ones who always press the power button on your computer and turn it off while you’re working, the steps below will show you how to fix it.

Changing the way the power button works in Windows 11 requires you to log in as an administrator and open the Control Panel application in Windows 11.

There are different options available when the power button is pressed while the computer is on.

  • Do nothing: Nothing happens when the power button is pressed.
  • To sleep: Your PC enters low power sleep mode.
  • Hibernate: Your PC saves your session to the memory disk and shuts down.
  • To turn off: Power off PC when power button is pressed.
  • Turn off the screen: Your screen turns off, but your PC continues to function.

How to avoid accidental shutdown in Windows 11

As mentioned above, by default, if you press the power button while the computer is on with Windows 11, the computer shuts down without saving your work first. You can avoid it by following the steps below.

First, start the Control Panel in Windows 11.

In the Control Panel, select the Hardware and sound category.

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In the Hardware and Sound category, look for the Power options section and click Change what the power buttons do.

Windows 11 changes what the power buttons do

On the next page, you can choose the power settings you want for your computer. Under the On / Off Button Settings, look for the power button icon next to: When I press the power button.

Windows 11 disable the power button do nothing

Using the drop-down menu for the power button selection, you will have these options available to choose from:

  • Do nothing: Nothing happens when the power button is pressed.
  • To sleep: Your PC enters low power sleep mode.
  • Hibernate: Your PC saves your session to the memory disk and shuts down.
  • To turn off: Power off PC when power button is pressed.
  • Turn off the screen: Your screen turns off, but your PC continues to function.
Windows 11 power button option does nothing

To prevent accidental shutdown of your PC, select Do nothing of the available option.

Save your changes and exit.

The next time you press the power button while in the middle of your work, it won’t shut down your PC.

You should do that!

Conclusion:

In this tutorial we have seen how to disable the computer’s power button in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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