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Laptop Goes to Sleep when Lid is Closed

If you're in the habit of closing your laptop lid whenever you walk away from the machine, it can get very annoying when the computer goes to sleep every time. When you open the lid again, you have to wait a while for the computer to come out of sleep mode. What's more is that some computers have issues with sleep mode which cause them to stop working, thus causing you to lose any work you had open at the time. The default option in the power settings in Windows 7 is for the laptop to go into sleep mode as soon as you close the lid. If you don't want this to happen, follow these instructions.

Right-click on the power icon in the system tray. This is the icon which looks like a battery or, when the laptop is plugged in, like a power cable on top of a battery. Click "Power Options." In the left-hand side of the control panel window which appears, click "Choose what closing the lid does." There are two drop-down boxes beside "When I close the lid." Select "Do nothing" in each box and click "Save changes" to continue. The changes should take effect immediately.

You will probably also want to disable sleep mode altogether if your computer is having any problems with it. To do this, return to the Power Options control panel and click "Change when the computer sleeps" in the left-hand pane of the window. From the two drop-down boxes beside "Put the computer to sleep," choose "Never." The other settings should ideally be left at their default values, though there's no harm in using more battery-friendly values for the "On battery" settings. When you've made your changes, click "Save changes."

You can also change these settings for individual power plans. When you go back to the main window of the Power Options control panel, you'll see a link to the right of each power plan saying "Change plan settings." Click "Change advanced settings" and scroll down the list and open up the "Power buttons and lid" section followed by the "Lid close action" section. Choose your desired setting from the drop-down box beside the option. Click "OK" to save the changes and exit the Advanced Settings window.


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