How To Keep Music Playing When Your Windows 10 Laptop Is Closed?

If you own a Windows 10 laptop, you may have heard that you can keep playing music on it even when the lid is closed. It’s true, and in this guide, we will explain how to keep the music playing when your Windows 10 laptop is closed.

A lot of people like to listen to music on their Windows 10 laptops when they are working. Modern laptops can become powerful media centers, and the more higher-end laptops have excellent quality speakers where you can enjoy your favorite sounds.

Why doesn’t a Windows 10 Laptop keep playing music when closed?

With a Windows 10 laptop, you usually have to keep it open to keep playing music. This means that you can see the laptop screen. This is inconvenient if all you want to do is listen to your favorite music.

The reason for this is because when you close your Windows 10 laptop, it automatically enters sleep mode. This saves all of your current laptop activities in memory so that when you open your laptop again everything will resume quickly as before.

Your laptop only uses a small amount of power to keep everything saved in memory. This means that everything else is effectively shut down temporarily and this includes your music player. Sleep mode is a good idea because it will conserve battery power.

So, when you close your Windows 10 laptop, it thinks that you are not going to use it for a while. There is no chance of your music playing because your operating system has temporarily closed it down. The good news is that there is a way around this so that you can keep listening to your music when you close your Windows 10 laptop.

How to keep your Music playing when Laptop is closed Windows 10

If you want to continue to listen to your music when you close your Windows 10 laptop then you need to make changes to the events that occur when you close it. It is easy for you to achieve this using the control panel of your Windows 10 laptop.

There is a microswitch that activates when you close the lid of your Windows 10 laptop. This microswitch triggers a specific event that puts your computer into sleep mode in the typical configuration.

You can change the event associated with the microswitch that activates when you close your Windows 10 laptop. Instead of sending your machine into sleep mode, you can edit this so that it does nothing. In this way, you can continue to listen to the music on your laptop even after closing it.

Here are the simple steps that you need to follow so that you can keep the music playing when your laptop is closed Windows 10:

Step one is to open the Control panel on your Windows 10 laptop. There are three ways that you can do this. You can click on the Start button and then scroll down until you get to the folder. There are three ways to open the Control Panel.

1. You can use the Start button and then scroll down until you find a “Windows System” folder. Inside this folder, there should be a Control Panel icon. Click on this to open Control Panel.

2. The second method is to use the command prompt. You can access the command prompt through the same Windows System folder from the Start button, as there should be an icon for it. Just click on this icon to open it.

You can also type “cmd” in the search bar, and this will open the command prompt. With the command prompt open type in “control panel” and it will open up for you.

3. The third way to open Control Panel is to use the search bar and type “control panel”. This will return the option of using the Control Panel app which you can do by clicking on it.

Windows 10 Control Panel Power Options
Windows 10 Power Options Large Icon

Once you have the Control Panel open click on “Hardware and Sound”. Choose “Power Options” from the list.

Windows 10 Power Options Category View
Windows 10 Power Options Category View

When you are in Power Options look at the menu on the left-hand side and you will find “Chose what closing the lid does”.  Click on this menu item.

Windows 10 choose what closing the lid does

In the center of this screen, you should see three options to change for both using the laptop with battery mode and also plugged in to the mains. The first of these will be about the power button usage. Secondly, there will be settings available for the sleep button on your laptop (if you have one) and finally you will see the settings for when you close the lid down.

Windows 10 Power and sleep button and lid settings
Windows 10 Power and sleep buttons and lid settings

You should see that for both battery use and mains use the settings are set to “Sleep”. When you click on the drop-down box you should see 4 possible options which should be:

  1. Do nothing
  2. Sleep
  3. Hibernate
  4. Shut down

These will be the same for both the battery and mains options. You need to change the settings for both battery and power to “Do nothing”. Finally, you will need to save the changes and close the Control Panel app.

Now you will find that you can keep the music playing when the laptop closed. If you want to change this back to the standard Sleep mode, just follow the process again and save the changes.

Please bear in mind that you will lose the power-saving advantages of sleep mode when you change the settings for closing your Windows 10 laptop lid to do nothing. It would help if you decided whether being able to continue to listen to your music with your laptop lid down is more important for you.

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