Shutting Down With Power Button

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I was looking at your response to shut down windows 8 computer just hit the power button on the computer and shut it down. It is the easiest way I find on laptops. Not sure if it is OK to use on table tops. Has not hurt my lapt top at all.


Dear Albert,

Pressing the power button is an acceptable way to shut down your computer, you just need to be aware of a couple of things.

Always press and release the power button to start the shutdown process. If you hold the power button for 4 or more seconds, it will shut the power off to the computer without doing the proper shut down procedure which will damage your computer over time.

Turning your computer off with the power button might not be actually shutting it down, but instead putting it to sleep. Since you need to shut down your computer once a day to keep it running smoothly, you will need to make sure that is what pressing the power button is set up to do.

You can access these settings in the Control Panel under Power Options. Make sure it says, “Shut Down” next to, “When I press the power button” and click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the window.



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