I want my laptop to shutdown when I close the laptop lid. But in the power settings I can only choose between:

  • Suspend
  • Do nothing
  • Hibernate (Disabled)

Is there any way to configure it with more options?


You can set the action to other values, such as shutdown, blank or interactive, by using gconf-editor.

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First, install dconf-tools, then launch gconf-editor from the Dash.

Navigate to org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power.

The two items of interest are lid-close-as-action and lid-close-battery-action. Click the existing value to change it.

To quickly change the action to shutdown when the lid is closed, open a terminal window and run

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power lid-close-ac-action shutdown

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power lid-close-battery-action shutdown

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