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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