When closed shouldn’t mean off.
It’s probably not the internet that’s stopping; it’s the entire computer.
The default configuration for most laptops is to go into standby or hibernation when the laptop lid is closed. Some people may want it to stay on when the lid closes so as to be able to, say, start a large download, close the lid and walk away.
Fortunately, it’s a setting you can control in Windows.
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Keep your laptop running with the lid closed
- Right-click the Start button.
- Click on Settings.
- Type “lid” in the search field.
- Click “Change what closing the lid does” when it appears.
- Set “When I close the lid” to “Do nothing” for “Plugged in.”
- Click “Save changes” to apply.
Windows and your computer
Windows includes a fairly robust (if somewhat confusing) array of power management options. The examples below are from Windows 11, but similar settings are available in Windows 10.
Unfortunately, I can’t show you Windows 10 screenshots because I don’t have a laptop running Windows 10. The version of Windows 10 I have is on a desktop, and Windows knows that it doesn’t have a lid (among other things).
Finally, note that not all settings may be available across all laptops. These settings are highly dependent on the specific machine, the UEFI/BIOS, and the drivers for the machine. Sometimes, for reasons unknown, manufacturers elect not to expose all the options.
Run the Settings app (right-click on the Start button and click on Settings), and type the word “lid” into the search field.
Click on Change what closing the lid does when it appears.
This will open Control Panel on the appropriate settings page.
Change the “When I close the lid” setting for “Plugged in” to “Do nothing.”
Click Save changes and your laptop will now keep running with the lid closed. The example above is from my own laptop, and that’s exactly what I do.
How you set this is, of course, up to you. My philosophy is that if I want a plugged-in computer to shut down, sleep, or hibernate, I’ll do it myself.
When it’s running on battery power, however, going to sleep makes more sense. I often set it to go to sleep on lid close when traveling, as it allows me to quickly stash my laptop in my bag and have it resume from where I left off when I open it again later.
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