Gnome: Leave Display Active When Laptop Closed

Bu default the gnome power management preferences only allow you to select "Blank Screen", "Suspend", "Hibernate", "Shutdown" for the "When laptop lid is closed:" option.

To keep the display showing (for instance if an external monitor is plugged in) this can be overridden on the command line:

gconftool-2 --type string --set ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-power-manager/buttons/lid_battery "nothing"

Or by using gconf-editor (navigate to the same section and set the lid_battery and/or lid_ac value to "nothing"

I found this method here:

BradsWiki: GnomeLeaveDisplayActiveWhenLaptopClosed (last edited 2011-03-01 11:21:16 by BradleyDean)