How to Run Laptop Computer While Closed With External Monitor Screen
OK... you've got yourself a cool laptop PC computer to use while on the road. When you are home though, you have a much bigger and better computer monitor screen. You also have a wireless keyboard and mouse. When you are at home you want to continue using your laptop software and memory but you also want to set your laptop aside and not use the laptop screen.
The article will show you how to keep running your laptop while the lid is closed. You will still use all the great resources of the laptop but you'll have it shut and set to the side while your external monitor, keyboard and mouse do all the work.
This article is best suited for Windows 7 users but other versions might be close as well. One terriffic commenter below said that this also works on Windows Vista as well.
I also apologize in advance for my lousy pics :-) Hopefully they help!
The first step to running your laptop with the lid closed is to Click on the "Start" button. For those of you new to Windows 7 this is the circular microsoft button on the lower left side of your screen.
Then go ahead and select "Control Panel" in the window that appears to the side.
Go to the section titled "Hardware and Sound." It is located about the middle left section of the control panel window. Click directly on the words "Hardware and Sound"
In the "Hardware and Sound" window, look for the "Power Options" section. This is located about halfway down the window.
In the power options section, click on "Change What the Power Buttons Do"
In the window that opens, look for the section titled "When I Close the Lid"
Next to this title you'll see two drop down boxes that by default will be set to "Sleep'.
Change the "On Battery" and / or "Plugged In" drop down boxes to "Do Nothing." Depending on which power source you want to use while using external monitor, keyboard and mouse.
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Then finish by clicking the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the window.
That should do it. Now when you close the lid your laptop won't do anything when you close it. It will continue to run. Now you'll be able to use all the resources of the lap top (via your external keyboard, monitor and mouse) while it is shut.
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Another screen might appear asking you what power plan you want to use. I just close this screen by hitting the close 'x' block. I haven't messed with this and so far haven't found a need to.
ALSO... when you close your laptop lid, your external monitor might go black for a second. Don't panic, it will come back on. It only does this temporarily.
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That Should Keep The Lid Closed and Power On
Thanks so much for reading this post. This will really come in handy when you want to utilize all the benefits of desktop accessories such as comfortable external keyboards, regular mouse and large external monitor screens while saving space since you are using your laptop computers hard drive rather than some big old tower or other bulky desktop PC hardware.
Thanks again! Please be sure to check out some of my other posts.
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