This post shows students and new users the steps to change the action of opening the lid of a laptop in Windows 11. In Windows, users can choose what actions to take when the lid of a laptop is opened, when they wake up from sleep, modern standby, or hibernation.

Our previous post showed you how to change the lid close action in Windows 11. When Windows goes to sleep, it doesn’t actually shut down, it just goes to sleep. You can resume by opening the fold and your session will continue from where you left off.

In Lid Open Action, users can specify which of the two actions to take next:

  • Do nothing = No action is taken when the system lid is opened.
  • Turn on the screen (default) = The operating system turns on the screen when the system lid is opened.

Here’s how to set the lid open action in Windows 11

How to choose the action to open the lid in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows users to choose what to do when a laptop’s lid is opened when it wakes up from sleep, modern standby, or hibernation.

Here’s how to set the lid open action in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

However, many advanced settings can still be made in the old Control Panel. Changing the lid opening actions is one of the changes for which you will need to go to the Control Panel.

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Open the Control Panel in Windows 11 by going to Start Menu and searching and selecting Control Panel in Best match.

windows 11 control panel search

When the Control Panel application opens, go to Hardware and sound category group highlighted below.

windows 11 contorl panel hardware and soundgroup

In the Hardware and Sound category, select Power options configuration group as highlighted below.

select windows 11 power options

In the Power Options settings panel, select Change plan settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 power option change plan settings

Then click Change advanced power settings link as highlighted below.

Windows 11 changes advanced power settings

Expand the Power buttons and lid Y Lid opening action settings as highlighted below. Under Lid opening action, choose what action to take when the laptop lid is opened:

  • In the battery:
    • Do nothing
    • Turn on the screen (default)
  • Connected:
    • Turn on the screen (default)
windows 11 lid opening action

Make your selection and click OK to save your settings.

You should do that!

Conclusion:

In this tutorial we have seen how to change the lid open action in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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