How to Reboot a Laptop

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A laptop can be rebooted by clicking on "Restart" in the "Start" menu, or by holding down the power button for five or six seconds before pushing it again. Discover how to do soft and hard reboots on laptop computers with IT help from a software developer in this free video on using computers.

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Hi my name is Dave Andrews, today I'm going to show you how to reboot a laptop. Let's start by doing what's called a soft reboot on our laptop. If you go to the computer under the start button, if you click on the start button kind of under the right hand side of your start menu, you have this little arrow here. Just click on that arrow and you'll see the option to restart. That's going to want to restart your laptop by shutting it all the way down and then bringing it all the way back up. That really is the recommended way of restarting. Because it allows all your programs to close out and you know ask if you want to save anything and it's just a better way to do it then the other option which is called a hard reboot. So now I'm going to show you how to do a hard reboot on your laptop. And this is a little more of a physical type of thing, your laptop has a power button on it, mine is right here. Yours may be located somewhere else. But to do a hard reboot on your laptop, you are just going to press that power button in and hold it down for about five or six seconds. Eventually your computer screen will go completely black meaning all power has been cut off to the laptop and then you'll just press the power button again to bring it back online. My name is Dave Andrews and I just showed you how to reboot a laptop.

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