How to Turn On Lenovo Laptop Easily

You can turn on a Lenovo laptop in multiple ways. The power button is located in different areas depending on the model. If the power button is unresponsive, then there are some other ways I have explained below to start your laptop.

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Here’s how to turn on Lenovo laptops:

Step 1: locate the power button. The location of the laptop’s power button depends on the model and series that you use. Thinkpad models usually have the power button located above the keyboard, the Lenovo twist has a power button on the lower right side of the screen, the Flex 4 has it on the right side of the keyboard.

You can check your laptop’s manual for the location of the power button.

Step 2: press the power button. After you have located the power button, press the button once and let the machine start up. If this does not work then there are alternative methods below.

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What to do if a Lenovo laptop wont turn on

Sometimes laptops don’t turn on even if they have a fully charged battery. This could be because your power button broke or something is wrong with the BIOS configuration.

Here are some ways that you can turn on your Lenovo laptop without using the power button.

Check For Any Status Lights

Firstly you need to check for status lights before proceeding with the other methods. To do this simply plug in your A/C adapter and look for a power status light which is located somewhere on the adapter or the laptop.

If you see a status light then the power outlet is not the problem.

Novo Button

The Novo button can be located on the side of your laptop. Look for a small 1mm hole.

If your Lenovo laptop won’t turn on via the power button, you can turn it on with a paper clip in some models that have the “Novo Button” feature.

I’m pretty sure all Thinkpads have the this feature.

To do this you will need to look for a 1mm round hole somewhere on the side of the laptop base. Insert a paper clip and push for it to start the computer.

One person recommended measuring 6.9cm on the left side of your laptop and starting from the left corner and moving towards the back of the laptop to find the Novo button hole.

Check Display

Sometimes the display could be off but the computer could be running. Look for any system lights or listen for any fans starting up to diagnose if this is the issue.

This means that either your graphics card, hard drive or display is faulty.

You might need to send it in for repair if this is the case.

A/C Adapter Method

Another method is to unplug the A/C adapter and remove the battery. Then hold down the power button for 30 seconds. Once this is complete you can plug in the A/C adapter again and press the power button. Then reinstall the battery.

Battery Only

You can try to start up your Lenovo laptop without using the A/C adapter and solely relying on the laptop’s battery. Make sure you have some charge in your laptop first before doing this.

Reset Button

Similar to the Novo button, there is a small 1mm hole on the back of your Lenovo laptop which is a reset button.

Use a paperclip to press this button and reset the CMOS. This is the emergency reset hole and cuts power to the system.

After pressing this button, try to start your laptop again.

Faulty Power Port or A/C Adapter

Maybe you have a faulty power port or A/C adapter. Change the power outlet that you are using and try to power on your computer. Then try a different A/C adapter and power on your computer.

Sometimes a power port can become damaged if there has been too much power being pulled from a single source.

Replace Battery

Lenovo laptop batteries have a lifespan of roughly 4 years. Every year they deteriorate and get worse. if your laptop is not starting up then this could be the issue.

You will need a replacement if this is the case.

Power Button Flashing

If your Lenovo laptop power button is flashing this means that it is in sleep mode. If the laptop is stuck in sleep mode then you can hard reset it by holding down the power button for 10 seconds to turn it off.


Lenovo makes some of the best laptops in terms of build quality and features. So if you are having an issue with turning it on, then there are some backup methods you can use to get yourself out of trouble.

Each model has a different power button location, so it’s a matter of finding it and then simply pressing it to start your laptop.

Grayson is a laptop specialist who writes informational articles and reviews about all kinds of laptops.