How to Change Lid Close Action to do Nothing in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to set laptop lid close action to do nothing if the laptop lid or screen is closed in Windows 11.

Windows 11 is configured to automatically suspend when the laptop lid is closed in order to save power. This feature has always been part or Windows platform but quite easy to disable so that when you close the laptop screen or lid, it doesn’t go to sleep.

When Windows goes to suspend mode, it’s not actually turned off – just gone to sleep. You can resume by opening the lid and your session will continue from where you left off.

In some cases, you may not want your laptop to go to sleep when you close the lid, especially when want some work done while the screen is closed, or downloading a huge file, or recording or want alarm to still function. In these scenarios, choosing now to put the laptop to sleep might be something you want to do.

When the action is set to do nothing, you can simply close the lid without putting the laptop to sleep while work is still being done.

The new Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Changing laptop lid close action hasn’t changed much. It’s still under the power management options in Windows 11.

Also, if you’re a student or new users and want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

How to keep laptop on when screen is closed

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

However, many advanced settings can still be done in the old Control Panel. Changing lid open actions is one of the changes that you’ll need to go to the Control Panel for.

Open the Control Panel in Windows 11 by going to the Start Menu and searching for and selecting Control Panel under Best match.

windows 11 control panel search

When the Control Panel app opens, go to Hardware and Sound category group highlighted below.

windows 11 contorl panel hardware and sound group

In the Hardware and Sound category, select Power Options settings group as highlighted below.

windows 11 power options select

In Power Options settings pane, select Change plan settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 power option change plan settings

Next, click Change advanced power settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 change advanced power settings

Expand the Power buttons and lid and Lid close action settings as highlighted below. Under Lid close action, choose what action to take when the laptop lid close:

  • On battery:
    • Do nothing
    • Sleep
    • Hibernate
    • Shutdown
  • Plugged in:
    • Do nothing
    • Sleep
    • Hibernate
    • Shutdown
lid clod action do nothing windows 11

Make your selection and click OK to save your settings.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to configure Windows 11 so that it doesn’t go to sleep when the laptop lid or screen is closed. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

4 Comments

  1. thanks alot of information

  2. Mine does not have a lid close action option

  3. anthony giovannetti

    what if the advanced settings does not show the Power buttons and Lid option?

  4. 1 – lid close does nothing (in the setting – do nothing) – it is not working. my laptop switch off once the lid was closed for some time. if I leave the laptop for some time untouched, then it goes off, and when touching the mouse pad the display appears to be a blank full black color display and then needs to switch off manually and switch on manually.

    2 – Wifi disconnects sometimes and the wifi symbol disappears. need to restart the laptop to connect again.

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