Create Power Plan Desktop Shortcuts in Windows


image11They say “there’s more than one way to skin a cat,” which may or not be true. Actually, I’m not sure I want to know how true that is or isn’t. There’s no denying however, that there’s nearly always several ways to do the same thing in Windows (s MSFT). On my netbooks, notebooks and UMPCs, I tend to use the Mobility Center or Power applet in the system tray to switch my power plan as needed. The How-To Geek offers another method and it might be just the right option for a touchscreen device, although it certainly works for any Windows machine.

Using the powercfg command in Windows Vista or 7, you can sneak a peek at the internal GUID indicator for your pre-configured Windows Power Schemes. Armed with that info, you can easily create desktop shortcuts for any and all of your Power Schemes: just double-click or tap to switch ’em!



Does help to read the article that is linked to for the full step-by-step…

Great tip, Kevin! :)


So this time I typed “powercfg –list” in the “Run” dialog and got nothing.

Kevin C. Tofel

Travis, you’ll want to run this as a command line. Meaning: run the cmd executable from the Run box. You should get a Terminal / DOS-like application. That’s where you want to run the powercfg command. Hope that helps!


I typed powercfg in the “Run” command and nothing happened.

Vista Home Premium on my Dell XPS 410.

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