The Windows 7 operating system produced by Microsoft runs on a wide range of personal computers, including different kinds of laptops. Windows 7 is configurable so that a laptop can run in "clamshell" mode. When a laptop runs in clamshell mode, an external keyboard, mouse and video output, such as a monitor or projector, are used instead of the laptop's own internal components. The laptop continues to run with the lid closed. You can connect the required components and configure Windows 7 to run in clamshell mode on a laptop.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- USB keyboard
- USB mouse
- External video connection
Connect the keyboard and mouse to available USB ports on the laptop.
Connect the external video source, such as a monitor or projector, to the laptop.
Click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen.
Select "Control Panel" followed by "Power Options."
Click "Change what closing the lid does."
Change both options under "When I close the lid" to "Do nothing," and then click "OK" to save the settings.
Close the laptop lid to enter clamshell mode.