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How To Hibernate Windows 10 When You Close The Laptop Lid

Many computer users are not aware of a feature in the Windows operating system that allows you to turn off the laptop by closing the laptop lid. You can configure Windows 10 to turn off (shut down, hibernate, or sleep) the laptop when you close the lid.

If you need to turn your Windows 10 laptop off multiple times a day, you better configure it to hibernate when you close the lid of the laptop as the hibernation feature allows you to quickly start the work again from the last point where you had stopped.

Hibernate Windows 10 laptop  when you close the lid

Here is how to configure the Windows 10 laptop to hibernate when you close the lid.

Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to System > Power & Sleep page.

Step 2: In the Related section, click the Additional power settings link to open the Power Options window.

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Alternatively, open the Control Panel, change the View by to Small icons, and then click Power Options.

Step 3: In the left pane of the Power Options window, click the Choose what closing the lid does link.

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Step 4: Finally, select Hibernate from the drop-down boxes next to the When I close the lid option. We suggest you select the Hibernate option for both On battery and Plugged in. Click the Save changes button.

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Enable the hibernation in Windows 10

If the Hibernate option doesn’t exist, you need to enable it by completing the given below directions.

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt as administrator. To do that, type CMD in the Start/taskbar search field, right-click on the Command Prompt entry in the search results and then click Run as administrator.

Alternatively, type CMD in the Start/taskbar search box and simultaneously press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to run the Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: At the Command Prompt window, type the following command and hit the Enter key.

Powercfg /hibernate on

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This will enable the Hibernate feature. Note that your Windows 10 drive must have about the size of the RAM installed as free space to be able to enable the hibernation. That is, for instance, the hibernation file (hiberfil.sys) takes about 7 GB of space on a PC equipped with 8 GB of RAM. If you don’t have the sufficient disk space, you can consider reducing the size of the hibernation or hiberfile.sys file.


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