Save Power Plan Settings to Text File in Windows 10

A power plan in Windows is a set of hardware and system options that defines how your device uses and preserves power. There are three built-in power plans in the OS. Your PC can have additional power plans defined by its vendor. Also, you can create a custom power plan that will include your personal preferences. Today, we will see how to save all power plan settings to a text file to quickly review them in a useful way.

Windows 10 Power Options Power Sleep Control Panel

Windows 10 comes with a new UI again to change the operating system's power related options. The classic Control Panel is losing its features and probably will be replaced by the Settings app. The Settings app has already got many settings which were exclusively available in the Control Panel. For example, the battery notification area icon in the Windows 10 system tray was also replaced with a new Modern UI.


If you want to review or customize the settings of a power plan, you need to use the Power Options classic applet in the Control Panel. It requires expanding every category and option. Alternatively, you can save all its settings to a text file and read it in your favorite text editor. This can be done with the console tool powercfg.

This console utility can adjust many parameters related to power management. For example, powercfg can be used:

To save all power plan settings to a text file in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open a new command prompt
  2. Type the following command: powercfg.exe /q > "%UserProfile%\Desktop\current_power_plan_settings.txt".
  3. Open the current_power_plan_settings.txt file located in your Desktop folder with Notepad to see all options of the active (current) power plan.Windows 10 Current Power Plan Save Settings To File

Tip: Replacing the /q option with  /qh to include the hidden option to the output,  i.e. powercfg.exe /qh > "%UserProfile%\Desktop\power_plan_settings.txt".

Save All Settings of a Specific Power Plan To a Text File

  1. Open a new command prompt
  2. Get the list of available power profiles with the command powercfg.exe /L.Windows 10 Power Plan List
  3. Note the GUID value for the power plan you want.
  4. Now, run the command powercfg.exe /q GUID > "%UserProfile%\Desktop\power_plan_settings.txt". Substitute the GUID portion with the actual GUID value.Windows 10 Specific Power Plan Save Settings To File

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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