Reset button

Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

reset switchAlternatively referred to as the reset switch, the reset button is a physical button (typically smaller than the power switch), commonly located on the front of a computer or peripheral, that allows it to be rebooted.

Where is the Reset button on a laptop?

To help conserve space, a laptop and most portable devices only have one power button. If you need to reset a laptop or other device, press and hold down the power button and after 10-15 seconds, the device will reset or turn off. When the device turns off, let go of the power button, wait a few seconds, and then press the power button again to turn the device back on.

What if a computer is missing a reset button?

Not all desktop computers have a reset button. If your computer only has a power button and it needs to be reset, press and hold down the power button. After 10-15 seconds, the computer will reset or turn off. If the computer turned off, let go of the button, wait a few seconds, and then press the power button again to turn the device back on.

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