Tired of your laptop falling asleep automatically when you close the lid? Here's how to get your laptop to do what you want it to do when you're done with it.
By default, most laptops automatically go to sleep when you close the lid. This is usually great as most of us close our laptops, throw them in our bags and then expect them to work immediately when we get them back at the next stop. Sometimes, however, you want to keep your laptop running with the lid closed.
Warning : Do not put your laptop in its bag while it is running! It will almost certainly overheat.
0: Choose your laptop's shutdown action
To change what your laptop does when you close it, go to the Power Options window in the classic Control Panel. You can access it in two different ways:
- Go to Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Power Options.
- Go to Settings> System> Power and sleep> Extra power settings. The "Additional Power Settings" link appears under "Related Settings" at the bottom of the panel. (You can press Windows + i to quickly open the Settings app.)
Click "Choose what closes the lid" on the left of the Power Options
Change the options to the right of "When I close the lid". You Can & # 39; Do Nothing & # 39 ;, & # 39; Sleep & # 39 ;, & # 39; Sleep & # 39; or & # 39; Exit & # 39; Selecting. There are separate options for "On battery" and "Connected".
In sleep mode, the laptop remains almost empty, so it can be quickly resumed. In Hibernate, the laptop saves its status to disk. It doesn't consume any power during hibernation, but it takes a little extra time to turn it back on. (Note that hibernation requires some power, so if you close and reopen your laptop often, it can consume even more power every time you put it to sleep than to put it to sleep.)
For example, if you want your laptop to go to sleep when you close it on battery power, but to continue when you close the lid while it's plugged in, select "Do nothing" under "Connected" and "Sleep" under "On battery" .
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Click & # 39; Save Changes & # 39; at the bottom of the window to save your changes when you're done.
Even after you put your laptop to sleep when closed, Windows will automatically put the laptop to sleep after an attempt time in sleep mode. You can configure this through Windows 10's advanced power settings.
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Windows 7: Make Your Laptop Work the Way You Do want
Fortunately, it's easy to change the settings. Just click on the battery icon in your system tray and select More power options .
Alternatively, you can open the Power Options window directly from your Start Menu search.
In the Power Options window that opens, click on Choose what to close the lid does link on the left sidebar.
Here you can choose what your power buttons do on your computer and what happens when you close the lid. You can choose from Do nothing Sleep Hibernate or Shut down . In general, Sleep is a good option, but if you want your laptop to work, select Do nothing .
Note that you can change the settings for both Battery and Connected so that your laptop works differently when you use mobile than when you are connected to your desk. Since we normally only want our laptop to work when it's plugged in, we've set ours to still go to sleep when it's battery powered, but to do nothing if you close the lid while it's plugged in. Very handy.
Below are a few more settings, although they are protected by default. Click on Change settings that are currently not available to change them.
Now you can choose if you want your computer to require the password when it wakes from sleep.
When you are done, click Save at the bottom to your new settings. If you want to switch back when you are back on the road, repeat the steps and set it up the way you want. Now you have full control over what happens when you close your laptop.
We have been frustrated countless times by closing our laptop covers and forgetting that they automatically went to sleep mode. Sleep mode works fine in Windows 7, but sometimes you want your machine to keep working, so this is a great way to do that. Or, if you prefer your computer to turn off automatically or go to sleep when you close the lid, you can do that too. Since you can set the settings for plugged-in settings differently than the settings for the battery, you should be able to make your settings work for each scenario.
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