How to Change Lid Open Action in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change a laptop lid open action in Windows 11. In Windows, users can choose what actions to take when a laptop lid is opened, waking from sleep, modern standby or hibernate.

Our previous post showed you how to change the Lid Close Action in Windows 11. 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 Lid Open Action, users can specify which one of the two actions to take below:

  • Do Nothing = No action is taken when the system lid is opened.
  • Turn on the display (default) = Windows turns on the display when the system lid is opened.

Below is how to configure the Lid Open Action in Windows 11

How to choose lid open action in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows users to choose what to do when a laptop lid is opened awaking from sleep, modern standby or hibernation.

Below is how to configure lid open action in Windows 11.

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 open action settings as highlighted below. Under Lid open action, choose what action to take when the laptop lid open:

  • On battery:
    • Do nothing
    • Turn on the display (default)
  • Plugged in:
    • Do nothing
    • Turn on the display (default)
windows 11 lid open action

Make your selection and click OK to save your settings.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the Lid open action in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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