How do I keep my laptop turned on?

Q: I've connected my laptop to an external monitor. I now want to close the laptop lid, but every time I do, the laptop turns off or I think hibernates. How do I keep it from turning off when I close the lid?

A: I only know how to walk you through Windows XP.

Click Start, then Control Panel.

If you're in Classic View, go directly to Power Options.
If you're in Category View, go to Performance Maintenance and then Power Options.

You should now be seeing Power Options Properties.

Click on the Advanced tab.

Under 'When I close the lid of my portable computer...' choose 'Do nothing.'