How to Keep a Windows Laptop Awake With the Lid Closed
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While your laptop obviously works great on-the-go, you can use it at home too. By connecting an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor, a laptop can function like a desktop.

But there’s one problem: By default, Windows puts your laptop to sleep when you close the lid.

This means that even if you don’t want to use your laptop screen as a secondary monitor How to Use Your Laptop Like an External Monitor How to Use Your Laptop Like an External Monitor An extra screen can be an amazing productivity boost. But you don't have to buy an external monitor if you have a spare laptop. We show you how you can link your screens up. Read More , you still have to keep it open to keep your computer awake. Or do you? Thankfully, you can change this behavior. Here’s how.

How to Keep a Closed Windows Laptop Awake

Windows Laptop Lid Settings
Image credit: Ben Richards/SuperUser

You’ll need to adjust a Windows power setting to change the lid-closing behavior:

  1. In the System Tray (bottom-right corner of the screen), find the Battery icon. You may have to click the small arrow to show all icons. Right-click the Battery and choose Power Options.
  2. On the left of the Power Options menu, select Choose what closing the lid does.
  3. You’ll see options for the power and sleep buttons How to Use Your Windows 10 Power Button How to Use Your Windows 10 Power Button You can shut down Windows using the physical button on your computer or the commands on the Start Menu. We explain what these options do and how to tweak them. Read More . Under When I close the lid, change the dropdown box for Plugged in (and On Battery if you want) to Do nothing.
  4. Click Save Changes and you’re good to go.

Now when you close your laptop screen, it will continue to run as normal. This means that you can control it with external devices while the laptop itself is neatly tucked away. However, remember that you’ll need to put your laptop to sleep or shut it down using the commands on the Start Menu once you’ve made this change.

The default shortcut for closing the lid to put your PC to sleep is convenient when you’re putting your laptop in a bag.

But if you forget about that after changing this option, you could accidentally put your laptop in an enclosed space while it’s still on. This will generate a lot of heat and can damage your computer 5 Ways To Utterly Destroy Your Laptop, Slowly But Surely 5 Ways To Utterly Destroy Your Laptop, Slowly But Surely Your laptop is a fragile piece of machinery. It’s a complex system packed with fast hardware, yet it also finds itself in constant use. This is how you prolong its lifespan. Read More . Thus, you should consider only changing the lid setting for Plugged in and always plugging in your laptop when you use it at your desk.

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  1. D
    September 3, 2018 at 1:10 am

    When I close the lid on my laptop the screen shuts off. I used Windows 10 settings to keep it on (choose "Do Nothing") but the screen shuts off anyway whenever I close the lid. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  2. D
    September 3, 2018 at 1:09 am

    I tried using this Windows 10 feature - I changed the setting to "Do Nothing" when I close the lid for Battery & Plugged In, and when I close the lid the screen turns off anyway. Why is that and how do I get it to work as I intend?

  3. Oscar
    April 7, 2018 at 12:46 am

    I just updated my laptop "https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4089848/windows-10-update-kb4089848"

    and when the lid is closed the interneet goes very slow, its impossible to navigate