Easy Vista Shutdown

Have you noticed that shutting down your computer is not as easy as it used to be now that you are using Windows Vista?

When you click on the “Start Orb” and then click on the power button symbol, it puts your computer to sleep instead of turning it off. If you want to really turn your computer off, you must click on the arrow to the right of the power button and then click on “Shut Down” in the menu that appears.

If you are like me, and would rather shut down the computer at the end of the day (You need to shut down and restart the computer once a day to keep it running smoothly anyways) you can change the function of that power icon. Here is how:


1. Click on the “Start Orb”, then click to open the “Control Panel”.

2. In the Control Panel, click on the “Hardware and Sound” icon.

3. On the Hardware and Sound page, click on the “Power Options” icon.

4. On the Power Options page, you will see a section named “Preferred Plans”. In this section, “Recommended Settings” will be selected, click on the words, “Change plan settings” located beneath “Recommended Settings”.

5. In the next window, click on the words, “Change advanced power settings”. This will open a small “Power Options” window.

6. In the Power Options window, scroll down the list of options, and click on the plus sign (+) to the left of the words, “Power buttons and lid”. This will display a sub menu.

7. On the Sub menu, click the plus sign to the left of “Start menu power button”. This will display a menu with only one item.

8. Click on the word “Setting:” and the word “Sleep” will become a drop down list. Click on that list, and click on “Shut Down”.

9. Click “OK” in the Power Options window to save your settings. Close the other windows that you opened in this process.

To check and see if your setting has indeed changed, click on the “Start Orb” and point your cursor to the power button icon. It should now be red in color.


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    • lisa
    • November 12, 2009

    This seems complicated, when all you have to do is move your cursor to the right of the power button to the arrow, and select “shut down” from the pop-up menu. But, every click counts, I guess…

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