How to Turn On or Off the Option to Shut Down Windows 11 by Pressing a Button or Closing the Lid

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The article explains how to turn on or off forced button/lid shutdown in Windows 11. This setting determines what happens when the power or sleep button on the computer is pressed. The force shutdown feature can potentially result in unsaved documents and data loss. The guide provides step-by-step instructions for enabling or disabling this feature…

This article describes the steps to turn on or off forced button/lid shutdown in Windows 11.

Users can specify what action to take when a Windows computer’s power button is pressed. For example, one can choose to shut down, sleep, or do nothing.

Users can also specify what action to take when the sleep button is pressed on a Windows 11. These different settings are there to help you manage your computer.

Another action users can specify is when the power button is pressed to force the computer to shut down. A normal shutdown is when Windows waits for background processes to finish or allows users to save documents before shutting the computer.

When you enable forced button/lid shutdown and a user presses the power button to shut down the system, open documents might not be saved, and data loss could occur.

Below is how to enable or disable forced button/lid shutdown in Windows 11.

Turn on or off forced button/lid shutdown

As described above, when you enable forced button/lid shutdown, and a user presses the power button to shut down the system, open documents might not be saved, and data loss could occur.

Here’s how to enable or disable it on Windows

First, launch the Control Panel app in Windows 11.

When the Control Panel app opens, go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options.

Control Panel-> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options

In the Power Options pane, select the active power plan under the preferred plans, and click the Change plan settings link.

windows 11 change power plan settings link
windows 11 change power plan settings link

Next, click Change advanced power settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 change advanced power settings control panel
Windows 11 changes advanced power settings control panel

Open the Power buttons and lid and Enable forced button/lid shutdown settings. Under the Enable forced button/lid shutdown, choose the settings that should apply when using the battery or when Plugged in:

  • On battery:
    • Off
    • On
  • Plugged in:
    • Off
    • On
windows enable or disable force button lid shutdown
windows enable or disable force button lid shutdown

Make your selection and click OK to save your settings.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/customize/power-settings/power-button-and-lid-settings-power-button-forced-shutdown

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable forced button/lid shutdown in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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