Use Windows 10 Laptop While Lid Closed with External Screen

Run Laptop while Screen Closed with External Monitor

In short, yes, you can access Windows 10 laptop while lid is closed and external monitor is connected through VGA or HDMI cable. By default, Windows is configured to go into sleep mode when you close your laptop screen (lid).

Do you use an external monitor, TV, or second screen with your laptop? If yes, then it should be connected by using HDMI or VGA cable. I am sure, if you use this way, you really do not want to use your laptop screen when the second big screen is connected to it.

But unfortunately you won’t close the laptop lid until settings will be made for lid closed. Without making the setting if you close the lid your laptop will go to sleep mode.

I am sure, you want to know that how you can use Windows 10 laptop while lid closed?

laptop lid closed

In Windows 10 laptop and older version of Windows laptops, there is a provision that you can use windows 10 laptop while lid closed.

You can connect the external USB mouse and keyboard to your laptop and start using the laptop when lid is closed for better convenience and productivity.

Hence, follow the steps to make settings in Windows 10 laptop lid settings:

Use Windows 10 Laptop While Lid Closed

OR Change Lid Settings

Step 1. Press Win + R to open Run Dialog box. Type control and hit OK to open Windows Control Panel.

Step 2. Navigate to the right-top and select View by: Category. From the drop down, select Large icons, and it will expand all the Windows control panel items for you.

windows control panel

Step 3. Look for Power Options and click on it to get the next screen.

power options

Step 4. On this screen, from the left pane options, click on Choose what closing the lid does.

Windows 10 laptop while lid closed

Step 5. You will see the Power and sleep buttons and lid settings window with option On battery and Plugged in.

By default, all the options are for Sleep for On battery and Plugged in.

Go to the option When I close the lid and from the drop down, select Do nothing for both “On battery and Plugged in.

Finally, click on Save changes button.

Windows 10 laptop while lid closed

Alright, that’s all need to do. Now, you can access it even your laptop lid is closed if you connected any external/second screen to your laptop.

You can access everything in second screen by using an external keyboard and mouse. So above are the steps to use Windows 10 laptop while lid closed.

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