Choose what closing the laptop lid does: Shutdown, Hibernate, Sleep, Nothing

These days most of us simply prefer to close the lid of our Windows laptops once our work is over. Closing the lid can result in your Windows shutting down, sleeping or hibernating. You can control the behavior and decide what you want tod do, once you close the lid.

Most of us are aware that there are particularly 3 methods for powering down your new Windows 8.1 PC.

  1. You can make the PC sleep
  2. You can hibernate the PC
  3. You can turn it off completely

The Sleep options consumes little power to help your PC wake up faster and in no time so that you are back to where you left off. Chances of losing your work due to battery draining are minimized to zero in the Sleep mode as the OS automatically saves all your work before turning off your PC when the battery is too low. This mode is often brought into use when a person is away from his desk just for a while. Say, for a coffee break or getting some refreshments.

The Hibernate option, in comparison to the Sleep mode uses even less power and lands you at the same position where you last left off. The option however, should be used when you are aware that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period.

Read this post if you are unsure whether you want to select Hibernate or Shutdown and here to see the difference between Sleep & Hibernate.

As mentioned. is it possible to push your laptop to any of the three power states described above, by simply closing the lid of your machine. Let us in this post learn how to shutdown, hibernate, sleep Windows 8.1 by closing the lid of your laptop.

Laptop settings – When you close lid

Press Win+R in combination to open the Run dialog. In the box, type powercfg.cpl and press Enter. This will open the Power Options applet of the Control Panel.

Now, in the Power Option window that opens up, click ‘Choose what closing the lid does’ link from the left side panel.

closing the lid option

Choose what closing the laptop lid does

Choose what you want your laptop to do, when it’s running on battery and when it’s plugged in. For instance, under Power button and lid settings section you can find ‘When I Close the Lid’ option. Adjacent to it you can find options to help you define power button or lid settings.

choose what closing the laptop lid does

You can choose from Do Nothing, Sleep, Shutdown and Hibernate.

You should choose Shut down if you want to shut down Windows as soon as you close the lid. Select the desired option and click Save changes to save the settings.

In a similar fashion, you can also Change what the Power Button does when you press it.

Keep laptop running with the lid closed

If you want to keep your laptop running even with the lid closed, select Do Nothing. See this post if you want to charge your Phone in Sleep Mode with the Laptop lid closed.

Do let us know how you have set your Windows to behave, when you close the laptop lid.

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  1. docJL

    I have set win 8.1 to “do nothing” when I close the lid, but if I let the laptop go to sleep or put it to sleep myself, I can’t wake it. If the lid stays up, I am able to wake

  2. erimeas

    lets say if i use sleep and i move around for a while is it bad for the laptop, and is it bad for the computer to hibernat and sleep insted of shutdown what does it do to the laptop is it bad on the long run!

  3. Taco

    Very helpful…. That’s why it did nothing when i closed the lid! Now i found out from this site. Thanks.

  4. Kudou Shinichi

    Hi everyone . I have a Dell Latitude 3540 running on Windows 8.1 Pro . I have set all the settings(with power and without power) to go to sleep but everytime I close the lod, my laptop shuts down .

    Please Help

  5. Josh P

    We are selling a laptop in a service kit for our company. We want to make sure the computer shuts down when the lid is closed so that it does not overheat when the customer puts it back into the service kit case. We will configure the laptop to shutdown when the lid closes, but is there a way to lock that setting so that the customer can’t change it back?


  6. Abdul B

    OK I have a win 8 laptop and its usually always on, just sleeping at night. When I try to wake it in the morning by clicking the external keyboard, it wakes but the external screen doesn’t and I usually have to open the lid a little and let it close back. But now even that is not working. How can I get my monitor to wake up with my laptop??

  7. Ty Brown

    My display gets completely corrupted when I wake from sleep. I haven’t tried hibernate though. If that doesn’t work, I may just set it to Do Nothing like I did with my old laptop.

    EDIT: Hibernate seemed to work. Try that. What that does is similar to sleep mode. It puts everything that’s in your RAM into your hard drive, but it then shuts your computer down. So once you open it, you would have to press the power button, then it will go right back to where you were after you log in. 😛

  8. abdalla mahmoud

    please when i shut down the laptop i can not open it without remove the battery and return battery in my laptop

  9. Dequarius

    Okay i have a dell inspiron 15r and its 8.1. if i close the lid (and this is set to sleep) i have to press power for it to turn on again/ wake up from sleep

  10. JSloan

    Is there a way to set in the registry what happens when the lid is closed?

  11. Nyakech

    My dell laptop consume power even when I shut it down. If leave the battery fully charged at night and I shut it down, in the morning there is no power, and if I remove the battery after shutting down and immediately put it back, I find it has power still. Please help.

  12. shrey

    my drop box not showing sleep mode it only showing do nothing,hibernate,shut down plz suggest something

  13. taylor

    I have mine set to sleep when I close the lid but it still shuts down?

  14. Emil Albert

    I want my laptop to keep running when the lid is closed, but to ask for the password when it is opened again.
    Wasn’t there a setting for this before?

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