Choose Close lid action on Windows 10 laptop

A noticeable fact is that whenever a laptop’s lid is closed, the system goes to sleep. The user needs to press the Power button to revive it and might need to sign-in to the device again. This is default setting for Windows 10 systems and the intention is to save battery when the system is not in use.

However, it might not be absolutely favorable for users who might find it bothersome to sign-in to the system each and every time. A few others might need to hide their data totally by shutting down their system upon closing the lid. Windows 10 provides users with options to choose what happens upon closing their laptop’s lid.

Using Power options

1] Right-click on the battery icon at the right-bottom corner of the screen and select Power Options.

2] On the list on the left-hand side, click on the option “Choose what closing the lid does.”

3] In the “When I close the lid section”, choose the action upon closing the lid for both plugged in and on battery states.

4] Click on Save Changes to save the new settings.


Power Options


Using Advanced Power options

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command powercfg.cpl. Press Enter to open the Power Options window.

2] Click on Change plan settings corresponding to the currently selected power plan.

3] Select Change advanced power settings, and in the window that opens after that, expand Power buttons and lid. Then expand Lid close action and change the settings for both On battery and Plugged in.

Advanced Power Options


4] Click on Apply and the OK.


Using Command Prompt

In case the above 2 methods fail, which is rarely the case, we could try changing the settings through Command Prompt.

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command cmd. Press Enter to open the Command Prompt window.

2] Type the following command in the Command prompt window and press Enter:

If your system is running on battery:

powercfgsetdcvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT 4f971e89-eebd-4455-a8de-9e59040e7347 5ca83367-6e45-459f-a27b-476b1d01c936 Index_Number

If the power cable if plugged in to the system:

powercfgsetacvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT 4f971e89-eebd-4455-a8de-9e59040e7347 5ca83367-6e45-459f-a27b-476b1d01c936 Index_Number

Command Prompt Power Options


The Index_Number needs to be replaced by the following values:

0: Do nothing

1: Sleep

2: Hibernate

3: Shut down

To save the changes, use the following command:

powercfg -SetActive SCHEME_CURRENT

Hit Enter and restart the system.

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