How to Log Off When Closing a Laptop Lid

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How to Log Off When Closing a Laptop Lid
The "Power Options" screen within the Control Panel gives you the choice to log off Windows when your laptop's lid has been closed. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

It is possible to log off Windows when closing your laptop's lid. Change the power options within the Control Panel. Windows 7 allows you to select the option to shut down your laptop when the lid is closed, which will log you off as a result. The other choices for when the laptop's lid is closed include: "Do nothing," "Hibernate" and "Sleep." You can independently set Windows to log off when your laptop is either connected to a power supply, or when it is running on battery power. Make these settings within the Control Panel in less than five minutes.

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  1. 1

    Click on "Start," "Control Panel," "System and Security," and then select "Power Options." The Power Options screen gives users the ability to customise settings to which the laptop will adhere without wasting unnecessary power.

  2. 2

    Choose "Change plan settings" from the "Select a power plan" screen.

  3. 3

    Select "Change advanced power settings" from the "Change settings for the plan" screen.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the "Advanced Settings" tab, click "Power buttons and lid," and then "Lid close action." Select "Shut down" on both the "On Battery" and "Plugged In" drop-down boxes. Click "Save Settings" to make the changes take effect. The next time you close your laptop's lid, the machine will automatically shut down, causing you to be logged off Windows.

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