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Windows 7 - How to Change What Happens When You Close Your Laptop Lid

On a default Windows 7 configuration, your laptop computer will go into sleep mode whenever you close the lid. For many users, this can get very annoying, especially if they are in the habit of closing the laptop every time they walk away from the screen for a moment. Fortunately, there are also plenty of other settings available, allowing you to specify exactly what you want your computer to do when you close the lid. Depending on your habits, preventing the computer from going to sleep when you close the lid may not be a good idea. If you're in the habit of simply closing the lid and putting the laptop in your bag, you may want to stick with the default settings. Having the laptop in the bag when it is still running may cause it to overheat.

Click on the battery system tray icon in the right-hand side of the taskbar. Click the "More power options" link. You can also open the power options from the control panel or by typing "power options" into the start menu search box and pressing Enter.

In this section of the control panel, you can configure anything power-related. In the left-hand side, click "Choose what closing the lid does." On the next page, you can configure what the power buttons on your computer will do when they are pressed. The last option allows you to specify what happens when you close the lid. There are separate settings for when the laptop is running on a battery or plugged in to the mains. "Sleep" is the default setting. For most users, this setting is recommended. Having this option set to "Hibernate" or "Shut down" can be very inconvenient if you're in the habit of regularly closing the laptop lid. The other option is "Do nothing." This is a convenient setting to have for when the computer is plugged in. When the laptop is on battery, however, it's better to have it set to "Sleep," otherwise you risk losing your work when the laptop runs out of power.

Beneath, you'll have another couple of settings available. Since laptops are at a relatively high risk of getting lost or stolen, it's much safer to use the recommended option which requires a password to be entered when the laptop wakes up from sleep mode.


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