How to keep your laptop on when the lid is closed on Windows 11

Learn how to keep your laptop on when the lid is closed on Windows 11 with this step-by-step tutorial.

After changing this setting, you can keep downloading and working with an external monitor when the laptop's lid is closed without putting your PC to sleep.

Steps

1. Click on the Windows start menu button or search icon.

Windows start menu button and search icon

2. Type lid.

3. Click on Change what closing the lid does.

Change what closing the lid does

You can also type control panel > click on Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Choose what closing the lid does or Choose what the power buttons do in the top left corner of the “Power Options” window.

4. At When I close the lid, you click on the selection menu buttons and select Do nothing.

When I close the lid

5. Click on the Save changes button at the bottom of the window.

Save Changes

From now on, your laptop should stay on when you close the lid.

You can test it out by plugging your laptop into a TV or external monitor and closing the lid.