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The default configuration for most Windows laptops is to go into standby when the lid is closed. We'll look at how to change that.
When I close the lid of my Toshiba notebook, the internet stops, meaning that if I want to download stuff, the lid always has to be open, which is really annoying. Any way to change this without connecting another monitor and mouse?
It's probably not the internet that's stopping - it's the entire computer.
The default configuration for most laptops these days is to go into Stand-by, or even Hibernation, when the laptop is closed.
Fortunately it's just a setting you can control in Windows.
Windows includes a fairly robust, if somewhat confusing, array of power management options. And like many options, they're in Control Panel.
Fire up Control Panel, and double click on Power Options. You should see something along these lines:
Click on the Advanced tab for this:
Note the items in the Power Buttons section, in particular the one labeled "When I close the lid of my portable computer:". This has two or three options: Stand by (the default), Hibernate (if you have hibernation enabled) and Do nothing.
I'm guessing it's Do nothing that you really want. It also happens to be what I use most of the time - particularly when I'm mobile I'd like to be able to close my laptop for carrying without having it shut down on me.
Click on the list drop-down arrow at the far right of Stand by:
Click on Do nothing, and then click on either OK or Apply.
You should now be able to close your laptop and have it keep downloading without interruption.