Dealing with energy efficiency and usefulness is a bit of a balancing act, but probably something you don’t think about all too often. I would imagine that like me, you just deal with it when your computer sleeps a little too quick for your liking. It can however cause some annoyances if you are someone who gets up from your machine semi-often, or like me have people distracting me from my work fairly regularly. I don’t know about you, but I whenever I get up from my desk, I have a knack for coming back to my computer seconds after it goes to sleep.
There are some tools to help with specific scenarios you can download, but even the built-in energy and screensaver settings within OS X can be of help here. If you have found similar issues then follow me into the world of the OS X System Preferences.
Accessing and working within OSX System Preferences, like so many things on Macs, is easy as pie. Simply select the System Preferences icon from the dock, from the Apple menu in the top left of your screen, or type “System Preferences” into the Spotlight search in the top right of your screen. All of which will show the System Preferences window. This is the central command for your Macs general settings.
From the System Preferences main screen select the “Energy Saver” option to change your energy settings. At this point you are presented with the following screen which will allow you to customize your energy settings. If you don’t see the “Battery” and “Power Adapter” options don’t worry, it just means you are on a desktop machine and not a mobile computer that needs to recharge its battery.
From here it is pretty straight forward. The “Computer Sleep” slider does exactly what it says. After the specified amount of time, 30 minutes in my case, the computer will put itself to sleep. This setting of 30 minutes is a bit longer than the default I had of under 15 minutes. But I have found that I often will need the computer to stay awake that long as I have short discussions with people or reviewing documentation while I code.
The “Display Sleep” will just turn off your display leaving the computer still running in the background so it will quickly come back up without having to wake everything else back up. This is set to a much quicker time because, as I just did before typing this sentence, I stepped away just long enough for the screen to go dark, but the computer still popped right awake when I got back on the keyboard.
You don’t have to live with your computer constantly going to sleep at a problematic time anymore. It seems a small thing for sure, but taking just a few moments to change your settings can solve a nagging little problem that always seems to bug me.