If my laptop is plugged in I want closing the lid to automatically lock the computer, without putting it to sleep. I don't see an option to do this in Power Options:

Power screen

Is there a hack to achieve this?

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    This is generally a bad idea: your laptop dissipates a good deal of heat through the keyboard, and if you leave the computer running with the lid closed, you risk overheating things. – Mark Apr 12 '19 at 21:23
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    @Mark: ...and yet you can set it to keep running full blast when you close the lid, without frying anything. – Sean Apr 13 '19 at 3:26

As far as I know, there is no built-in function to achieve this. But you can do this using a third party tool.

One of them is LapLock. This program is a lightweight (<50KB), open source tool and it's developed by Etienne Dechamps.


  1. Download the program - https://github.com/dechamps/laplock/releases
    (Download the latest laplock.exe release)

  2. Open the Windows Startup folder by using this run command - 'shell:common startup'

  3. Add laplock.exe to your Startup folder.

You can also use Lid Lock to do this.

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  • thanks, this implementation pretty much sums up the answer by mazunki, uses GUID_LIDSWITCH_STATE_CHANGE – kevinf Dec 5 '19 at 0:57

Set "Do Nothing", lock your laptop using Windows key+L, and then you can close the lid.

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    This is the most practical solution. I am always suspicious of any software that chooses to customize something which Windows has built in. I'm looking at you pre-installed "WiFi Booster/manager" crapware! – MonkeyZeus Apr 12 '19 at 19:09
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    It would seem this should be something you can configure in the registry (if not, Microsoft should make it so). – Jonathan Apr 12 '19 at 20:40
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    OP: I want closing the lid to automatically lock the computer so this doesn't answer the question. – Agent_L Apr 13 '19 at 15:39
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    Please do NOT upvote an answer without reading it carefully. This does NOT answer the question and should be DOWN voted (and I would be willing to bet the OP knows he can manually lock his computer before closing the lid) . The site's value diminishes for everyone if we push non-answers to the top by upvoting them. – Jon Bentley Apr 14 '19 at 17:16
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    I'm downvoting this answer because it does not answer the question "how to automatically lock the computer" – BurnsBA Apr 15 '19 at 1:35

Two steps:

  • Capture the close lid event.
  • Trigger a lock-screen event.

See: Capturing laptop lid closing event in windows?, and Command-line (cmd) command to lock a windows machine.

From those sources, we can use RegisterPowerSettingNotification and GUID_LIDSWITCH_STATE_CHANGE to detect the trigger, and run:

rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation 

from the command line to send a lock screen request to the machine.

I don't know what compilers you have available, or what languages you know, but this information should help you set up a program to do it for you.

I don't use Windows myself, so I can't build or test it for you.

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