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Shutting Down Windows—and Your Computer

You’ve probably already noticed that Windows starts automatically every time you turn on your computer. Although you see lines of text flashing onscreen during the initial startup, Windows loads automatically and goes on to display the Windows desktop.

When you want to turn off your computer, you do it through Windows. In fact, you don’t want to turn off your computer any other way—you always want to turn off things through the official Windows procedure.

To shut down Windows and turn off your PC, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start button to display the Quick Access menu, shown in Figure 4.4.

    FIGURE 4.4

    FIGURE 4.4 Powering off from the Quick Access menu.

  2. Select Shut Down to display all the shut down options.
  3. Click Shut Down to shut down your computer.

That’s it. If you have a desktop PC, you then need to manually turn off your monitor, printer, and other peripherals.

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