How to Close the Lid on Windows 10 Laptop Connected to External Monitor without Putting It to Sleep

Ever wanted to plug an external monitor into your Windows laptop, and use it as a desktop computer with its lid closed?

You are not alone.

This transforms your laptop into a desktop. You get a larger screen and more real estate for whatever you are doing. With the lid closed, the laptop can be easily tucked away so it stays out of sight and your desk is less clustered.

However, you’ll find that as soon as you close the lid, your computer goes to sleep.

Here’s how you can prevent the laptop from going to sleep when you close the lid.

    1. Go to the Start menu and click on Settings
    2. In the Settings window, choose System and then in the next screen, choose Power & Sleep
    3. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Additional power settings
    4. In the Power Options window, click on Choose what closing the lid does
    5. Select Do nothing for When I close the lid
    6. Finally, click on Save changes

Windows Power Settings - Do nothing when I close the lid

Now try closing the lid on your laptop. You’ll find the external monitor will stay on and now you have a desktop to work with.

Were those steps easy to follow? No? Here’s how you can do the same thing even quicker.

Click on Start and type “lid”. Guess what, the very first option is to choose what closing the lid does. I trust you’ll be able to take it from here.

Typing lid into Start menu

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