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28 Comments

  1. Martin gavelin
    November 22, 2020 @ 10:00 PM

    i dont see no comments about waking up, with lid closed.
    as i see it, having the laptop stuffed away under the worktable, external keys, monitor and sound, is awesome. but what if i want to turn the computer off. and be able to start it up again – lets say, going away for a few weeks, coming back.
    depending up setup, opening the laptop up to restart, can be a hassle, getting it out from under the table, with all cables fixed neatly underneath…

    im trying the “usb wake up ” in bios settings, but my keyboard and mouse is wireless, (and i dont fully understand the settings, i guess)
    i need that first initial usb- wake up.

    any tips n trix for this?

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    • Usman Khurshid
      December 3, 2020 @ 6:35 AM

      You can try using Autostart on power on in the BIOS settings. If you want to go out, just plug the power cable out of socket. When you return, plug it in and the system should start automatically. This setting is not available in all systems.

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  2. Steve
    November 13, 2020 @ 3:28 AM

    Interestingly, the one thing that is not all that straight forward but still works is when you do Windows P and select “second screen only” that option actually means…”all monitors other then the laptop monitor” I have multiple monitors connected and (thankfully) when i select “second screen only” it turns off monitor 1 but keeps on all the other monitors.

    but the instructions here are exactly correct.

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  3. Rye
    September 17, 2020 @ 4:54 AM

    I disconnected the lid of the laptop and connected VGA to a monitor, now laptop doesn’t power on.

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    • Usman Khurshid
      September 17, 2020 @ 3:28 PM

      How did you disconnect the laptop lid? The LED screen will always be the primary display when booting the laptop.

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  4. Rajeev
    September 2, 2020 @ 1:12 AM

    my laptop keeps shut down after 9 minutes when connected to external monitor. I have set power settings to “NEVER” go to sleep and lid closing is set to “Do Nothing” but it keeps shutting down my laptop

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    • Usman Khurshid
      September 2, 2020 @ 4:58 PM

      Please check your system event viewer logs and make sure it is not related to any hardware issues.

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  5. Prabhu Kumar Chittoori
    June 27, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

    I have changed power options but monitor still goes to sleep when I close laptop lid. I am using VGA connection

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  6. Emilia Venturi
    June 25, 2020 @ 11:54 AM

    Thank you soo much for these tips! I needed a bigger screen since my employer provided me with a small laptop to work from home. I really needed a bigger screen your tips really helped! Now I’m able to use the big monitor. So much better for my eyes.

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  7. Joyce
    May 22, 2020 @ 9:08 PM

    Thanks for the tips. this is very helpful.
    I am using HDMI to connect, but I don’t see the HDMI option under “sound” window.
    I also have power setting on “Do nothing when lid close”, but I found my laptop seems can’t remember this setting. It will shut off the screen randomly when I close the lid.

    1 last question, Can you help to show us how to do copy and paste after connected to extended monitor? I am not able to paste the full area i have selected in Excel after using the extended monitor, only see portion of the screen I have capture.

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  8. Prime
    April 4, 2020 @ 7:07 AM

    This is exactly what I was looking for! It’s important to note that you need to select “Do Nothing” for the “On battery” section too. My screens were shutting down when I closed the lid which brought me here. Your instructions couldn’t be any simpler!

    Thanks!

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  9. doreen
    March 29, 2020 @ 3:42 PM

    after using this however, I am unable to switch back to duplicating or extending displays on both my laptop screen and monitor. any idea why?

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  10. Jessika
    March 2, 2020 @ 8:54 PM

    Thanks for this page – my laptop at work wasn’t speaking to my monitors (randomly happened one day, no idea why), and after following your instructions, everything is copasthetic!

    Cheers!

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  11. Ananymous
    October 5, 2019 @ 7:08 AM

    I was doing this for a while, but now my computer is overheating and shutting down. I think on my laptop i may need to keep it open to help it breath, so I’ve been trying that and it seems to be working. Do you think that’s it?

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  12. Aiden
    May 10, 2019 @ 5:37 AM

    computer shuts off about 5 mins later after closing lid

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    • Amanda
      June 15, 2019 @ 2:23 AM

      If you still have this issue you may want to look at your power and sleep settings. If not I have no clue.

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    • Wu
      July 22, 2019 @ 1:07 AM

      Are you leaving the computer idle for 5 minutes? And is it fully shutting down at around 5 minutes, or is it crashing? Amanda is right just have a look at your power and sleep settings for now, but if it’s anything but the computer going to sleep/hibernation after being idle, then I have no clue either.

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  13. Betsy Kimball
    April 16, 2019 @ 9:23 PM

    I have two external monitors and when I close the lid, one of the external monitors also shuts off. Suggestions to keep using both external monitors?

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  14. Zack
    March 2, 2019 @ 5:33 PM

    Hi Liz
    I want to use external monitor to do gaming while close my laptop lid. Is it ok or it will harm my laptop

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  15. Markie
    January 8, 2019 @ 4:05 AM

    Thank you so much. Easy to follow instructions!

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  16. matheus
    January 7, 2019 @ 2:53 AM

    i’ve done all the steps above and when i close my lid nothing happens and my external monitor turns off same with my laptop

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    • Patrick Clarke
      January 20, 2019 @ 4:35 PM

      I have the same issue. I’ve changed the settings as detailed above and my monitor still turns off when closing the lid of the laptop. I have changed the settings to ‘Do Nothing’ when closing the lid with and without plugged into power. Any ideas?

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      • Liz
        January 30, 2019 @ 10:05 AM

        Control Panel\System and Security\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings/Change advanced power settings
        From here expand on “Display …Turn off display after” and select NEVER on battery and plugged in

        Hope this helps
        Liz

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        • Jen
          February 9, 2019 @ 12:31 AM

          Thank you this worked, but for me it was the “Power buttons and lid” option which had it set to sleep if I closed the lid.

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  17. Candace
    December 18, 2018 @ 8:54 PM

    This was amazingly easy and super duper HELPFUL! Thank you so much.

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  18. brad
    October 12, 2018 @ 11:28 PM

    Still no sound

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    • Usman Khurshid
      October 15, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

      Which port are you using to connect to the external monitor? VGA port will not transmit audio while HDMI will..

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