Allowing Mac to continue working with closed lid?

Is there any way to allow Mac to continue working and doing whatever it's been doing with a closed lid? I tried Caffeine and NoSleep but no luck and whenever I close the lid, it goes to power saving mode, disconnects me from WiFi and stops the HDMI output. As a consequence, whenever I want to download a bigger file or watch something on my TV via HDMI, the laptop has to remain ever so slightly open. Any way to fix it, be it through 3rd party apps or some terminal mumbo-jumbo?

Try this:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131

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