Laptops are excellent devices; they have essentially transformed the way we use Windows. But if you are looking for an arrangement in which you want to use your laptop as a desktop computer connected to a monitor, you will face some problems. While we were recently trying to realize this for a friend, we were not able to take the laptop out of sleep as long as the lid was closed. If you're having the same problem and are looking for a solution, check out the post below.
How to wake up a Windows laptop from sleep with the lid closed
The configuration we were trying to achieve was a Windows 10 laptop connected to a monitor via HDMI. And we hung a keyboard and a wireless mouse and the laptop was tidy in a vertical stand (with the lid closed). So, when the computer went to sleep after a few minutes, it was virtually impossible to reactivate it with the help of an external keyboard / mouse and without opening the lid.
Some solutions that we tried and finally addressed in this post. So, be sure to follow all of this to reach your goal. Before we continue, we assume that you want to wake up your laptop with the help of an external USB device, such as a keyboard, a wired / wireless mouse, and so on. o have two options:
- Using the Device Manager
- Via the BIOS settings.
1) Using the Device Manager
The basic setting you need to configure is to allow your device to reactivate your computer.
To do this, open Device Manager and under Mouse and other pointing device locate your wired / wireless external mouse.
Go to Management of the food tab and check the box that says Allow this device to wake up the computer.
Be sure to repeat the same steps for the keyboard or any other USB device for which you want to perform this setup. To test these settings, put your laptop to sleep and try to wake it up with the mouse or any other device of your choice. If this does not work for you, you may want to follow the following procedure mentioned below.
2) Using the BIOS settings
If the above steps did not work for you, you do not need to cancel them. You can instead follow the steps mentioned in this section. One possibility is that this feature has been disabled in the BIOS settings of your laptop. You must therefore enter the BIOS and enable this setting for the above steps to work.
On an Acer laptop, we managed to enter the BIOS by pressing F2 when the computer starts. In the BIOS, enable the called parameter Alarm clock on USB when the lid is closed reach our goal. Although the steps mentioned here are for an Acer notebook, a similar setting / procedure is available for all modern laptops. If you have a rather old laptop and you do not find this setting in the BIOS, your laptop will probably not support it.
So it was a desktop-like configuration on a laptop. If you encounter the same problem and this message helped you solve the problem, let us know in the comments.