Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How to not blank the LCD screen when closing the laptop lid and using an external monitor?

I'm using 11.10 Oneiric and I've already tried the dconf lid settings but without luck!

share|improve this question
Here is a related bug on Launchpad:… You can mark it as affecting you and follow it, and see if you can give a hand in the comments! Cheers – stragu Oct 10 '12 at 23:01

Gnome-tweak from the Ubuntu Software Center has options under "Shell" to set what you want to occur when the laptop lid is closed on battery and AC. Install it, set it, and try it out. Should work. "Nothing" and "Interactive" are both options in the drop down menu. Not sure what "Interactive" means though...

share|improve this answer
it works but only if an external monitor is not connected. I'd like to close the lid when using an external monitor without blanking the screen. – lucazade Dec 1 '11 at 9:04
Did you try the "interactive" option in gnome-tweak? – jwdinkc Dec 1 '11 at 16:24
Solved using "do nothing" as setting and when the external monitor blanks out closing the lid if I move the mouse the screen comes back :) – lucazade Dec 2 '11 at 9:02
Awesome. Hope I was of some help. – jwdinkc Dec 2 '11 at 17:05

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.