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Keep your laptop on with the lid closed on Windows 10

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When you close the lid of your laptop, it normally goes to sleep (low-power sleep mode). This can be a problem when hooking your laptop up to an external monitor. Use the Control Panel—not Windows 10’s Settings app—to change this behaviour.

If you do this, be careful! Closing your laptop’s lid and throwing it in your bag while it’s still on could cause some serious problems due to poor circulation or blocking of vents. Your laptop will continue to run, wasting its battery and potentially even overheating in your bag. You’ll need to manually put your laptop to sleep, hibernate it, or shut it down using its power buttons or in the options in the Start menu rather than simply closing the lid.

Here are the steps to change the default behaviour of Windows 10 when you close the lid:

  1. Right-click the battery icon in the Windows System Tray at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Select Power Options.
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Note: If you don’t see the battery icon, click Show hidden icons and then right click on the battery icon – or go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options instead.

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  1. Click Choose what closing the lid does.
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  1. From the drop-down menu for When I close the lid, select Do nothing. You can choose to keep your Windows 10 laptop on when it is closed if it is plugged in.
How to Keep a Windows 10 Laptop On When It’s Closed

Warning: Remember, if you change the On battery setting to Do nothing, always make sure your laptop is shut down or in either Sleep or Hibernation mode when you place it in your bag to prevent overheating.

  1. Finally, click Save changes.
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Sources:
How to Keep Your Laptop On When it’s Closed
How to Keep Your Laptop On With the Lid Closed on Windows 10

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