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Shut Down

Shutting down involves turning off the power. But you can't just flip a switch or pull the plug. Instead, go to the Start menu and select Turn Off Computer, which you'll find near the bottom right. (Doesn't it seem odd that you select Start when what you really want to do is stop your PC? Just another illogical thing about computers.)

Once you select Turn Off Computer you get a screen with three options: Stand By, Turn Off, and Restart. (For more on restarting your computer, see Chapter 38.) To turn off the power, select Turn Off. If you're on a network or if you have multiple accounts, you may see a screen that says “Other people are logged on to this computer. Shutting down Windows might cause them to loose data. Do you want to continue shutting down?” If you're sure that it's not going to cause a problem for someone else, select Yes. Windows will then shut down. On most newer machines, the power will go off automatically. You may see a screen telling you it's OK to shut off your computer, in which case, turn off the power.


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