Hibernation is another way of ending your computer session, along with Shut Down, Switch User, Sleep, Logoff, Lock and Restart. Hibernating saves all your open applications as they are and then shuts down your computer. It is much faster to boot up from a computer that’s hibernating, which is why I do it all the time. It’s so much more convenient than waiting for my computer to boot up every lesson, then waiting longer for OneNote to start up. With hibernate, my computer boots up in exactly 20 seconds, and after I type in my password (you don’t need to type in your username when you hibernate), I’m instantly logged in and OneNote is already open.
I’ve run my own little experiment to see how long it takes to shut down, start up and login using the Shut down and Hibernation methods.
Hibernation is obviously much faster than Shut Down.
Here’s how to hibernate:
Click the start orb on the bottom left hand corner of your screen. Click the arrow next to ‘Shut down’ and select ‘Hibernate’.
Here’s how to get your computer to Hibernate when you close the lid:
Click the battery icon on the bottom right corner of your screen and choose ‘more power options’.
A new window will open up. On the left side panel on this new window, select ‘Choose what closing the lid does’.
Find the drop-down box that’s located next to ‘When I close the lid’ and under ‘On Battery’. From the list of options, choose Hibernate and make sure you save changes.
Now whenever you close the lid, you computer will automatically Hibernate. To switch it back on, just click the power button as you normally would, and you’ll be using your computer again within seconds!