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Part 4. Setting System Preferences > Setting Energy Saver Options

Setting Energy Saver Options

Click the Energy Saver icon in the System Preferences window to display energy preferences.

Click the Sleep tab to display sleeping options.

Click and drag the top slider to choose when your Mac will sleep and the bottom slider to set a separate time for when your monitor will sleep.

Click the check box if you want the hard drive to sleep.

INTRODUCTION

You might not think your quiet little computer, sitting over there in the corner not even moving, could eat up that much electricity—but think again. That's why the Energy Saver settings are important; they enable you to reduce your Mac's power consumption during times when you're not using it. Be sure to take as much advantage of Energy Saver as possible.


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Hurry Hurry

If you're always in a hurry when you come back to your computer, don't set the hard drive to sleep. The monitor wakes up from sleep instantly, but it takes a few moments for the hard drive to spin back up to speed when it wakes up.


Click the Schedule button to display scheduled startup and shutdown options.

Check the box and choose when to start up the Mac automatically.

Check the box and choose when to shut down the Mac automatically; then click OK.

Click the Options tab if you want to change the circumstances under which the Mac will sleep and wake up.


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