How to Close Down a Dell Laptop

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Properly shutting down your Dell laptop is essential to maintaining the operating system's health. There are several different options to choose from to properly shut down your Dell computer which are outlined below. Check the Tips section for more information.

Things You'll Need

  • Dell laptop computer

Windows XP

  • In Windows XP, click on the "Start" button in the bottom left-hand corner.

  • Place the mouse cursor over the button "Turn Off Computer" and click.

  • A menu with three options will appear. (Stand By, Shut Down, Restart) Click "Turn Off." It will take Windows a few seconds to log off and shut the laptop down.

Windows Vista

  • Place your pointer and click the "Start" button located in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

  • Locate the small arrow to the bottom right of your Start menu.

  • Click the arrow and select "Shut Down." It will take Windows a few seconds to log off and shut the laptop down.

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