How to Disable a Laptop Lid Sensor

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How to Disable a Laptop Lid Sensor
The laptop lid protects the LCD screen from damage. (computer repair image by UBE from

Laptop manufacturers design computers so owners can carry them around with ease. The closing-lid, which also houses the LCD screen, plays a significant role in its mobility. Therefore, many laptops turn off or enter a sleep mode, such as "Standby" or "Hibernation," when the lid closes. However, some users may need to close the lid to reduce light interference, such as on a plane trip or in a dark conference room or classroom. Microsoft has included the capability in the Windows operating system to disable the computer from powering down when the lid closes.

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  1. 1

    Click on the Windows orb logo at the bottom of the desktop to show the Start menu. Select the "Control Panel" from the menu. Click the "System and Security" category. Click on "Power Options" link.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Choose what closing the lid does" link in the left pane.

  3. 3

    Click the down arrow to show the menu next to "When I close the lid."

  4. 4

    Select the "Do nothing" option to highlight it and collapse the menu.

  5. 5

    Click the "Save changes" button at the bottom to preserve the changes and close the dialogue box.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember to shut the power down on the laptop before placing it in a carrying case. If left on, it may overheat.

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