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Why does my Lenovo laptop power up when I open the lid?

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If you’re the lucky owner of a new Lenovo laptop, then you’ll have spotted that it turns itself on when you open the lid. This is a feature Lenovo call Flip to Start and it’s part of their Vantage suite of utilities which help keep your machine up to date.

Although this is a handy feature and saves time pressing the power button, not all users like it – I know of many that believed their machines to be faulty. Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off Flip to Start, so that your Lenovo laptop doesn’t power up the next time you open the lid.

Finding Lenovo Vantage

Vantage is pre-installed on all new Lenovo laptops, so it’s easily found by using Windows search. Press the Windows key (or click the Start button) and type Vantage. It should be the first item that appears.

why does my lenovo laptop power up when i open the lid
Search for Vantage

If Vantage has been removed from your laptop, then it’s available from the Microsoft Store.

Inside Vantage

If you’ve not read our What is Lenovo Vantage? Should I get rid of it? feature, then you may not know that the app contains a stack of features which will help you keep an eye on your laptop. Aside from security features, there’s a mass of options which are specific to your model in relation to cooling, charging and audio and visual settings. It’s really worth spending a bit of time inside Vantage.

why does my lenovo laptop power up when i open the lid
Vantage Dashboard

To turn off Flip to Start, select Device from the menu, and then select Power.

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Vantage: Power Settings

Once the Power page appears, scroll down to Power settings. Flip to start is usually the first option so click the slider to disable the feature. That’s it – nothing to it really.

Flip to Start is a great feature, particularly when paired with facial log-in software like Windows Hello and whilst it undoubtably saves a bit of time, many Lenovo customers like to turn it off. However, if you change your mind, you can now see that it won’t take long to re-enable it.

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Lee Grant

I can normally be found attacking things with screwdrivers in my small computer repair business or writing a column for PC Pro magazine.

I am also trying to solve a mystery involving David Bowie.


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