Sleep Option is Missing on Windows 11: How to Enable it

To enable Sleep Mode in Windows 11, adjust your power settings.

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Key notes

  • Sometimes you need to disable certain security features in order to enable Sleep mode.
  • Adjusting the Group Policy settings or updating your display driver can sometimes help.

Many reported that the sleep option is missing in Windows 11, and this can be a problem, especially if you don’t want to turn off your PC completely.

While this can be a problem, it’s easily fixable, and today, we will show you how to fix it properly.

Why has the sleep option disappeared in Windows 11?

Security settings or power settings can cause this option to become missing. Group policy settings can also interfere with the Sleep feature; in some rare cases, even your drivers can cause this issue.

What can I do if the sleep option is missing on Windows 11?

1. Change Security settings

  1. Press the Windows key + S and enter security. Select Windows Security.
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  2.  In the left pane navigate to Device security and then click on Core isolation details.
  3. Disable Firmware protection.
  4. Restart your PC.

Keep in mind that disabling this feature can reduce the security of your system.

2. Enable Sleep in the Control Panel

  1. Press the Win key to open the Start menu.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Select Power Options.
  4. Click on Choose what the power button does option from the left.
  5. If the Sleep option is unchecked, click on the Change the settings that are currently unavailable option.
  6. Click on Sleep.
  7. Hit Save changes.
  8. Check the power option in the Start menu and see if the Sleep option is available.

3. Enable sleep via Group Policy Editor

  1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialogue.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press OK.
  3. Click on Computer Configuration.
  4. Click on Administrative Templates.
  5. Select Windows Components.
  6. Expand File Explorer.
  7. On the right side, right-click on Show sleep in the power options menu policy and choose Edit.
  8. Select Enabled.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Go to the Power menu and check if the sleep option has returned.

Do note that on Windows 11 Home and Windows 10 Home, the Group Policy Editor is unavailable. However, you should worry as we have a guide that will help you to enable the Group Policy Editor on the Windows 11 and 10 Home edition.

4. Restore default power options

  1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialogue.
  2. Type powercfg -restoredefaultschemes and press Enter.
  3. Restart your PC.

5. Run the power troubleshooter

  1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialogue.
  2. Type msdt.exe /id PowerDiagnostic
  3. Click Next.
  4. The troubleshooter will run the scan and will prompt you to apply a fix.
  5. Restart your PC.

6. Update display driver

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Win key.
  2. Open Device Manager.
  3. Expand the Display adapters section.
  4. Right-click on your GPU and select Update driver.update driver
  5. Select Search automatically for files.
  6. Install the latest driver.
  7. Restart your PC.

Some issues with the display driver often cause the sleep option missing from the Windows 11 power menu. In such a case, we would suggest updating the driver.

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How do I hide the sleep button?

To hide the sleep button on your PC, revert the changes from Solution 2 or 3; the sleep button should be gone.

That is it from us in this guide. There are several user reports regarding the power options missing from a Windows 11 PC. Fortunately, we have a guide that will help you fix this problem.

You can also check out our guide that lists some effective solutions to fix the sleep mode closes all programs problem in Windows 11.

Feel free to let us know in the comments below which one of the above solutions helped you resolve the Windows 11 sleep button missing problem.

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