Hibernate mode puts your PC into a low power state that allows a shutdown without losing any of your work. Apps stay open and when you turn your computer on again you are back to where you left off. It uses less power than Sleep mode. It is a good choice if you know you won’t be using your PC for an extended period of time. However, the Hibernate option is missing from the Power button and other power areas on Windows 10. Here’s how to enable it.
Windows 10 Power Options
By default, when you open the Start menu in Windows 10 and select the Power button, there is no Hibernate mode listed.
Alternately, you can right-click the Start button or use Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to bring up the “power user menu” and go to Shutdown or sign out. Even there you will not find a Hibernate option.
Enable Hibernate for Windows 10
To enable Hibernate mode in Windows 10 head to Settings > System > Power & sleep. Then scroll down on the right-hand side and click the “Additional power settings” link.
That will open Power Options in the classic Control Panel. From the left column, click the “Choose what the power buttons do” link.
Next, you will see some different shutdown settings and power and button settings. Under the “Shutdown settings” section you should see a list of different options like Fast Startup, Sleep, and Hibernate. But all of those options are probably grayed out. To make Hibernate available click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link.
After clicking the link those options should become available. Check the Hibernate box (or other shutdown settings you want available) and make sure to click the Save changes button.
That’s all there is to it. The next time you open the Start menu and select the Power button you will see that “Hibernate” is now available from the menu.
It will also be listed if you right-click the Start button (Windows key+X) and go to “Shut down or sign out” on the menu.
It’s also worth noting that the old school method of using the keyboard shortcut Alt + F4 from the desktop still works, too. And by following the steps above it adds the Hibernate option there as well.
If you’re still running Windows 7 (which is no longer supported) you can read how to enable Hibernate mode in this article. If you’re not sure which mode to use on your Windows 10 computer, read our article on the differences between Sleep and Hibernate modes.