Tech Tip – Prevent Travel Bag Laptop Battery Wake-Up

Sometimes your laptop can spring into life while still in your travel bag. This can drain the battery. Here’s how to prevent it from happening.

On a PC running Windows 10, change the behaviour of the system so that closing the lid causes the system to hibernate instead of sleeping. This means that the system won’t start-up until you instruct it to.

  1. Open Control Panel (or use the search box on the taskbar).
  2. Search for Power Options – this will open the dialog box.
  3. From the list of links on the left, click ‘Choose what closing the lid does’. Every modern laptop should have the option to define settings for ‘When I close the lid’.
  4. Change the behaviour under ‘On Battery to Hibernate’ and then save your changes.

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