Create a Change Power Plan Shortcut in Windows

Changing Windows Power Plans regularly can get tedious going through Control Panel. Here’s how to create shortcuts for plan options to set them quicker.

If you want to change your laptop’s power plan, the most common way is from Power Settings either from control panel or through the battery icon from the Taskbar. Changing from one power plan to another regularly is time consuming. Here’s how to create a power plan shortcut for easier access.

Creating a Change Power Plan Shortcut 

Click the Start Menu and type: cmd and hit Enter. 

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In the Command Prompt type the following command:

powercfg –list 

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It will show you the three power plans with their GUID numbers. Copy the GUID number of the power plans as they will used to create the shortcut.

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Now, right click on desktop and go to New >> Shortcut.

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In the location field, type: powercfg.exe /setactiveGUIDNumber and click Next. The GUID number is the number copied earlier.

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Here are the GUID numbers for 3 different power plans. Paste the following for specific power plan shortcuts.


powercfg.exe /setactive 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

High Performance

powercfg.exe /setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

Power Saver

powercfg.exe /setactive a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a

Type the name of the shortcut and click Finish.

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Now, go to your desktop, right click on the newly created shortcut and go to its Properties.

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Click on Change Icon from Shortcut tab.

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Do note that it will show you an error that the specific path contains no icons. Just click Ok.

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It will open the change icon window. You can select any icon from the preloaded icons or you can browse you computer if you have any custom icon. Or you can use a custom icon too.

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Now, whenever you want to change your power plan, just double click the shortcut icon and you are good to go.



  1. esat

    Nice now i can change plans with a *double* click!

  2. Timothy

    Awesome! my MSI laptop overheats above 95C when I play video games, but if I turn off turbo boost with these options, I don’t overheat in video games and FPS is barely affected. And when I need to encode a video, a single double click now turns turbo boost back on! You’re a great man!
    *to those curious, you need to do a registry edit to enable the option to turn off turbo boost for a power plan: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00\be337238-0d82-4146-a960-4f3749d470c7]

  3. Jammy

    I’ve been looking for this EVERYWHERE!
    Thanks :)

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