How to enable or disable hibernation on Windows 11

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Windows 11 Hibernate Mode lets you shut down while saving your work. It allows you to pick up where you left off. But, it is not enabled by default. Here’s how to activate it.

Windows Hibernation mode lets you shut down your computer completely while saving your work, allowing you to quickly pick up where you left off the next time you turn your computer back on.

Hibernation mode is like sleep mode. The main difference is in hibernation mode, open documents and applications are saved to a file on your hard drive, instead of RAM when you use sleep mode. Hibernation mode also consumes less power than sleep mode, but it can use gigabytes of disk space. There is a hidden file called hiberfil.sys where your work is stored when you use Hibernation mode.

the Hibernate the option is missing in the Power from the Windows 11 Start menu.

No Hibernate option in Windows 11 Start menu

It’s also missing from the quick access menu that you get by pressing Windows + X or when you right click on the Start menu button.

No Hibernate option in Windows + X menu in Windows 11

If you have enough space on your hard drive for the hiberfil.sys file and want to use Hibernation mode, read on to learn how to enable the option.

How to enable (or disable) hibernation using the control panel

Click the Search icon on the taskbar. Then, type: control Panel in the Look for box.

Click it Control Panel application displayed under Best match.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11

On the Control Panel screen, click System and security.

Click System and Security in Windows 11 Control Panel

On the System and security screen, click Change what the power buttons do under Power Options.

Change what the power buttons do in Windows 11

Click on Modify currently unavailable settings under Set power buttons and enable password protection.

Change settings currently unavailable in Windows 11

Under Shutdown settings, check the Hibernate box. Then click Save changes.

Enable hibernation in Windows 11

Click it X in the upper right corner to close the Control Panel.

Close the Power Options screen in Windows 11 Control Panel

Preserve your work by using hibernation mode

the Hibernate The option is now available when you click the Power button in the Start menu.

Hibernate option available in Windows 11 Start menu

the Hibernate The option is also available when you right-click the Start menu button and navigate to Close or log out.

Hibernation option available in Windows + X menu in Windows 11

To deactivate the Hibernate option, uncheck the box Hibernate box in the Power Options parameters in the Control Panel.

If you’re using Windows 10, check out our article on how to enable hibernation on Windows 10.

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