How to Keep Your Laptop On With the Lid Closed on Windows 11

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2024 by

If you have recently purchased a refurbished Windows 11 laptop, you may have noticed that the default setting is for the laptop to go into sleep mode when the lid is closed. While this may be convenient for some, it can be frustrating for those who want to keep their laptop on with the lid closed. In this article, we will discuss how to change this setting and keep your laptop on with the lid closed on Windows 11.

Changing Power Settings

The first step to keeping your laptop on with the lid closed is to change the power settings. To do this, go to the Start menu and type in “power settings.” Click on the “Power & sleep settings” option that appears. This will take you to the Power & sleep settings page.

Choosing the Right Power Plan

On the Power & sleep settings page, you will see a section labeled “Related settings.” Click on the “Additional power settings” option. This will take you to the Power Options page. Here, you will see a list of power plans. The default plan is usually “Balanced.” Click on “Change plan settings” next to this option.

Changing Advanced Power Settings

On the next page, click on “Change advanced power settings.” This will open a new window with a list of advanced power settings. Scroll down until you see the “Power buttons and lid” option and click on the plus sign next to it to expand the options. Then, click on the plus sign next to “Lid close action” to expand those options.

Changing the Setting

Under “Lid close action,” you will see two options: “On battery” and “Plugged in.” Click on the drop-down menu next to each option and select “Do nothing.” This will ensure that your laptop stays on when the lid is closed, regardless of whether it is running on battery or plugged in. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

Using an External Monitor

Another option for keeping your laptop on with the lid closed is to use an external monitor. This is a great solution for those who want to use their laptop as a desktop computer. Simply connect your laptop to an external monitor using an HDMI or VGA cable, and then close the lid. Your laptop will continue to function as normal, and you can use the external monitor as your main display.

Conclusion

By changing the power settings or using an external monitor, you can easily keep your laptop on with the lid closed on Windows 11. This is a useful feature for those who want to use their laptop as a desktop or for those who need to keep their laptop running while it is closed. With these simple steps, you can customize your laptop to fit your needs and preferences.

Have you tried these methods? Do you have any other tips for keeping a laptop on with the lid closed? Let us know in the comments.

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