Ubuntu – Shutdown when laptop lid closed


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?

Best Answer

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