|The 6 different shutdown options|
One of the more essential and useful buttons on any computer, or technical device for that matter, is the power button. However, when it comes to shutting down your computer there are a number of different options you have if you use Windows as an operating system (OS). And with the vast majority of computers and devices running Windows, most users could do with knowing that these differences are.
Here is an overview of the six different options Windows users have when they go to shut down their systems.
Option 1: Shut down
If you are working on documents, or something that requires you to save your progress, it will not be saved when you allow the programs to be force closed. Therefore, when you shut your system down, it is a good idea to save all work before you actually do so.
Option 2: Log off
The key here is that logging off is just like shutting down. Your programs will be closed without any changes made being saved. You will get a warning about this before your computer logs you off, but it is a good idea to save your work before you log off.
Option 3: Switch Users
If you have more than one user who uses your computer, and each has their own profile, switching users is a good option. However, if one user decides to shut down the computer, all other programs, regardless of which user has these open, will also be closed. So, it is always recommended to save your work before switching users in case you lose your work.
Option 4: Restart
Again, it is a good idea to save your work before you restart.
Option 5: Sleep
Putting your computer to sleep is ideal if you are going to step away from your computer for a short amount of time, but it generally isn’t a good idea to let your computer sleep for more than a few hours, as your computer may crash. Note: When you put your computer to sleep, any work done since you last saved is not saved, rather it will remain on the screen and open instead.
Option 6: Hibernate
The different versions of shutdown have their uses, but whichever you choose, it is always a good idea to save your work regularly just in case something goes wrong. If you would like to learn more about the versatility and features of Windows, please contact us today.
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