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My Windows Surface 4 is running Windows 10.  I like what currently happens when I close the lid, so I do not want to adversely affect that behavior.

However, when I have the lid closed AND it is plugged into the display port of a big monitor also, then I would like it to display on the big monitor, even when the lid is closed.

Is it possible to set this?  If so, what are the steps?
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by:Lionel MM
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That is not possible. Once you close the lid the display goes off in addition to the other settings you have set in the power options
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by:Coralon
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Can you be specific on exactly what you want to have happen?

From your description, it sounds like you want to close the lid on your Surface, have it keep running, and have the display working on an external monitor?  
if this is correct, then it is absolutely possible..
You go into the Control panel, and search for Power in the upper right hand corner.
You'll select 'Change what closing the lid does'
You'll want to tell it to do nothing.

Your laptop will continue to run when you close the lid, and as long as you had your external display up and running first, it should continue to run just fine.

Coralon
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by:frugalmule
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Well yes, Coralon, that almost gets me there.

Except that I want to have the behavior of the lid closing only change IF if external monitor is plugged in?
Otherwise it should behave normally.
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Go to Control Panel (not Settings), and in the Large Icons view, click on Power Options.

Click on "Choose what closing the lid does" on the left. It will give a page with choices for "One battery" and "Plugged in". Change the option for  "Plugged in" to "do nothing."

Now, while on battery, closing the lid will send it to sleep, while when plugged in it will stay on.

There's no built-in option for configuring sleep mode based on whether an external monitor is attached. However, you can configure Windows so that it uses only the external monitor, even without the lid closed on the Surface. Pressing Win+P will let you set the "Projector Mode," and you can select "Second screen only," which will turn off the Surface screen without needing to close the lid.
http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN297870

I think once set to "Second screen only," Windows should default to that every time you plug the external monitor into it.
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by:frugalmule
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I'll bet it will default to that also.  Great suggestion Marsilies.  Will test and close ticket at the first opportunity.  Thanks to all for the nice suggestions on this.
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Assuming frugalmule has no additional quesitons, I think both mine and Coralon's posts provided the best answer.
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