Power down

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Computer power buttonPower down, shut off, switch off, or turn off are all terms used to describe the act of closing all of the applications that are currently being used, and then properly cutting power to a computer along with all other devices connected to it.

With most computers, when you quickly press the power button once, the computer will power off automatically. If you need to turn off a computer because of a problem, you can press and hold the power button. To learn alternative ways to turn off your machine, check out our page on how to shut down a Windows computer.

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