Why Does My Laptop Turn on When Opening Lid?

Laptop manufacturers are releasing new laptops with an automatic startup feature. Such laptops have been available on the market for a few years. Such laptop as the ThinkPad T450s open by themselves when you open the lid.

This feature is beneficial to users because you don’t have to press the power button to start your laptop. It helps you to continue your activities in real time when you use it with the hibernation feature

We should also remember that the lid function only works when your laptop’s hardware supports it. Some users believe that it’s a Windows feature. This is a myth. You can try Windows 10 on old laptop models. The device won’t show you the lid option

Since it’s an additional feature, some users like it, others don’t. In this article, you’ll learn how to enable or disable the lid open feature. We’ll learn it with different methods.

How to Turn off Lid Open Features in Your Laptop?

Follow the steps below to disable the laptop lid opening feature:

Step 1: Right-click the battery icon on the right side of the taskbar

Step 2: Click Power Options under the various options.

Step 3: A new window will open with the various power options.

Step 4: On the left side, you’ll find a link called Choose what the closing lid does. Click on this link. It’ll redirect you to the System Settings.

Step 5: In this window, you’ll find three important options: Power, sleep, and lid. Navigate to the “When I close the lid option“.

Step 6: Select “Nothing” for the “on battery” and “plugged in” sections.

Step 7: To save the settings, click the Save Changes button.

Step 8: Shut down your laptop.

Step 9: Close the lid of your laptop.

Step 10: Open the lid again. Now your laptop shouldn’t turn on automatically. If this is the case, check the settings again.

If you interrupt the automatic power- on by opening the lid, shutdown, hibernation or hibernation will also be disabled. Choose wisely. We recommend that you use the open lid feature on your laptop. It saves a lot of time and increases productivity

Some laptop manufacturers, like Lenovo, now offer the option to turn the lid on or off: BIOS (Basic Input Output System). We don’t recommend you to open BIOS settings if you’re a beginner.

How to Change Lid Open Option with Run Window

This method is a shortcut to change the options for the open lid compared to the one above. Let’s go through the following steps to change the open lid settings:

Step 1: To open the Run window, the easiest way is to press the Windows key+R key combination. This will open the Run window where you can type the command to run it

Step 2: Type the command below into the command field:

control.exe powercfg.cpl,,3

And press the Enter key. It’s better to copy and paste the above command to avoid typos. 

Step 3: Once you press the Enter key and the command is successfully executed, the Power Options window will pop up

Step 4: Navigate to the Power buttons and lid in the Power Options window

Step 5: You should expand the Power buttons and lid with a + sign on the left side.

Step 6: After the expansion you’ll find the action “Lid open action

Step 7: Expand the Lid open action by clicking on the + sign on the left side.

Step 8: You’ll get two options: the “On Battery” option and the “Plugged In” option. From the drop-down list you can select the desired option according to your needs

Step 9: After you’ve made the necessary changes, click the Apply button.

Step 10: Click the OK button and close the Power Options window.

Step 11: Restart your laptop.

Step 12: Now you can check if the last changes work or not. If not, perform the same procedure again to check the settings and change them as needed.

How to Reactivate the Missing Lid Option?

Sometimes you can’t find the “lid” option in the “Power options” window. It doesn’t mean that your laptop doesn’t support the lid opening feature. On some laptops, the option to open the lid is hidden by default. You can enable it by following the steps below:

Activating Lid Open Option using powercfg command

Step 1: Open the Run window with the help of Windows Key+R. Press them together. 

Step 2: in the Run window, type cmd and use a combination of CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER key to open the command prompt window.

Step 3: copy paste or write the given below powercfg command in the command prompt window:

powercfg -attributes SUB_BUTTONS 99ff10e7-23b1-4c07-a9d1-5c3206d741b4 -ATTRIB_HIDE

Step 4: Press the Enter key to execute the command. 

Step 5: once command execution is successful, the lid open option will be back in the power options window. You can open the power options window to know whether the lid open option is active or not. 

Step 6: later, you can use method 1 or 2 to make the required changes per your comfort. 

Activating Lid Open Option using Restore Default in Power Options

Step 1: Open the Power Options window based on the procedure we discussed in method 1 or 2. 

Step 2: click on Restore Plan defaults.

Step 3: click on the Apply button to save changes.

Step 4: Click OK and close the power options window. 

Step 5: it will restore the default settings with the lid open option.

Activating Lid Open Option using the Registry editor

Step 1: Use Windows key+R together to open the Run window.

Step 2: Type regedit in the Run window and click on the ok button. It will open the registry editor.

Step 3: in the registry editor, navigate to the given below path:


You can copy the above path in the registry editor address bar to reach the right location. 

It is recommended to take the registry backup before you start this operation. 

Step 4: in the right-side pane, just double click on the Attributes option, and in the Value data box, change the value to 2. 

Step 5: Click ok to save the changes and close the registry editor. 

Step 6: Congratulations, you have restored the open lid option feature. 

The registry editor has plenty of sensitive information. You should not disturb the other settings. It is not advisable to use this option if you lack technical expertise.

Other Methods to Implement Close Lid Options

Whenever you close the laptop lid, the system goes into sleep mode. This is the default setting that Windows 10 provides for all laptops. In this case, you’ve to press the power button and enter the credentials to get back to work. Windows 10 offers this setting to save the battery.

This mightn’t be the right choice for all users. Few users want to shut down the laptop with the lid closed, while some of you may want to use the hibernate option. Well, you can choose these options if you want. Windows 10 gives you the option to change the default setting

We’ve already discussed the common way to change it in the method described above.

Here we’ll discuss some other methods to change the default settings. Let’s go through them.

Change the Close lid option using Advanced Power options

Step 1: use the combination of the Windows key and R to open the Run Window.

Step 2: type powercfg.cpl and press enter.

Step 3: it will forward you to the Power Options window.

Step 4: Choose the Change plan settings of your selected power plan.

Step 5: choose Change advanced settings.

Step 6: expand Power buttons and lid with + sign on the left-hand side.

Step 7: Now, expand the Lid close action.

Step 8: you can change the settings at your convenience.

Step 9: choose Apply button to save the settings and then click OK.

Step 10: close the window. 

Change Close lid option using Command Prompt

Follow the given below steps:

Step 1: Use the Win+R combination to open the Run window.

Step 2: Type cmd in the Run window and press enter to open the command prompt.

Step 3: type or copy paste the following command if your laptop is running on battery:

powercfg -setdcvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT 4f971e89-eebd-4455-a8de-9e59040e7347 5ca83367-6e45-459f-a27b-476b1d01c936 Index_Number

Step 4: in case of power supply to the laptop, use the given below command: 

powercfg -setacvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT 4f971e89-eebd-4455-a8de-9e59040e7347 5ca83367-6e45-459f-a27b-476b1d01c936 Index_Number

Step 5: you should make the changes in Index_Number as per your need.

  • Write 0 in place of Index_Number if you want no action with a close lid.
  • You can choose 1; make your system Sleep when you close the lid. 
  • Two will hibernate your laptop, whereas 3 will shut down your machine when you close the lid. 

Step 6: To save the changes, write the given below command:

powercfg -SetActive 


And press Enter key to execute the above command. Now, you can close the command prompt window.

Step 7: Restart your laptop. You can check the required changes with close lid action.

Apply the methods described above on your laptop. Let us know if you liked the article or not.

Chris Martin is a professional tech writer. He's been covering tech tutorials, hardware reviews, and more as a professional writer for over seven years now and it doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon! In addition to writing about the latest gadgets on the market, he also covers topics such as how to set up your home network or troubleshoot any computer problems you may have.

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