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, 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
You’ll need to adjust a Windows power setting to change the lid-closing behavior:
- 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.
- On the left of the Power Options menu, select Choose what closing the lid does.
- You’ll see options for the power and sleep buttons. Under When I close the lid, change the dropdown box for Plugged in (and On Battery if you want) to Do nothing.
- 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. 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.