The Acer Aspire One netbook is a handy laptop computer with a form factor small enough that you can carry it around like a book or personal organizer. The Aspire One also makes a great desktop computer once the keyboard, monitor and mouse are plugged in and the computer is properly configured. Change the Microsoft Windows power settings on the Acer Aspire One computer so that an external monitor can be used with the netbook display lid closed.
Click the "Start" button. Select "Control Panel" and then click "System and Maintenance."
Double-click "Power Options" and click the "Change plan settings" link next to the plan that is currently selected.
Click the "Change advanced power settings" link. Click the "+" next to "Power buttons and lid" option to expand that menu, and then click "Lid close action." For all settings under this option, select all the "Do nothing" options. Click "OK" to save the settings.
Plug the external monitor cable into the video connector on the left side (when facing the display and keyboard) of the Acer Aspire One computer.
Right-click the PC desktop and click "Graphics Options." Then click "Output To" and click "Monitor."
Right-click the PC desktop again and click "Graphics Properties" in the menu that appears. Click "Display Settings" in the window that appears. Click the "Screen Resolution" box and select the highest resolution (the last option listed). Click "Apply" and then click "OK."
Close the lid of the netbook to test the settings.
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