Should I Leave Computer On?

Dear Computer Lady,

Should I leave my computer running once I start it up for the day or not.

My wife and I look at our mail at different time of the day.

Thanks, Chet

Dear Chet,

This is one of those questions that I see again and again, and the problem is that there is no right or wrong answer.

I usually tell people to turn their computer on the morning, and unless they are leaving for the day, just keep it on until they use it for the last time before retireing for the night.

Most computers these days will automatically go into “Sleep mode” after a few minutes of inactivity, so you don’t have to worry about using too much electricity.

Even if you like to leave your computer on all the time, it is important to shut it down once a day. This gives the computer a chance to close out all open files and then reload them. Your computer will run better this way.



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