When you close the lid on your Windows 11 laptop, it automatically goes to sleep. This is a power-saving option that can help your battery last longer. You can change this setting if you want to close your laptop without putting it to sleep.
Through the Control Panel
Open the Control Panel.
Click Hardware and Sound.
Click Power Options.
On the left pane, click Choose what closing the lid does.
Under When I close the lid, select Do nothing for both on battery and Plugged in.
Click Save changes.
Through the Settings app
Open the Settings app.
Click Power & sleep.
Scroll down to the Related settings section and click Additional power settings.
Click Choose what closing the lid does.
Other important things to note:
- You’ll be able to shut your laptop without it going to sleep once you’ve made this adjustment. It’s especially handy when you want to connect your laptop to an external display or keep it running while you step away. But before you go ahead, here are a few more things to consider:
- Battery Power: If you’re relying on your laptop’s battery, keep in mind that closing the lid without putting it to sleep can drain the battery faster.
- External Devices: If your laptop is hooked up to any external devices like a printer or scanner, it’s a good idea to turn them off manually before closing the laptop’s lid.
- Public Spaces: When you’re in a public place, like a cafe or library, it’s a good practice to close the laptop’s lid for security and privacy.
- If you want to use your laptop with the lid closed on a frequent basis, keep the following guidelines in mind:
Cooling is important: Make sure your laptop has a good cooling system. If it becomes too hot, it may shut down abruptly, which we do not want.
- Lift It Up: Consider purchasing a laptop stand. It will lift your laptop off the surface it sits on, allowing for improved ventilation beneath it. This easy procedure can help reduce overheating and keep your laptop functioning properly.