Starting and Turning off the Computer 

When you use your computer, it is very important to go through the proper procedures for starting and turning off your computer. The computer needs time to go through the process of starting up and shutting down.

Starting the computer
   
To turn on your computer, press the on-off buttons on your CPU case and on your monitor. Be patient while the computer boots up. Wait to start using your computer until the hourglass has disappeared. 
   
    To Log on, click your name and type in your password in the text box. It will appear on the Welcome screen when you start your computer.

 

Turning off the computer
   
To turn off the computer, click on the Start button that is on the left side of the task bar.

      

Make sure that all programs and windows are closed before you shut down your computer. 
     After clicking on the Start button
, click on Turn Off Computer

A dialog box like the one below will open and you will have three choices: 

 
 

                Turn Off: This option completely shuts down the power to your computer.
                Stand by: This option saves energy and lets you come back to where you were working.
                Restart: This option lets you exit Windows when it is necessary, but it restarts the computer. Sometimes you need to restart the computer after installing programs or hardware

 Logging off the computer
   
 Instead of turning off your computer, you can log off or switch user. To log off the computer, click on the Start button that is on the left side of the task bar.

     After clicking on the Start button , click on Log Off. You have two choices: 

 
 

                 Log Off: This option leaves the computer on for easy access and returns to the Welcome screen.
   
              Switch User: This option leaves the computer on and returns to the Welcome screen, where other users can access their desktop and settings.

Practice shutting down your computer. After clicking Start and Shut Down, notice the choices. Try CTRL + ALT + DELETE on your keyboard. After looking at the dialog box that appears, click the Cancel button.  
        

Back                                                                          Next  

Return to Workshop Overview

Introduction to Computers
Developed by Alyce Bunting, Jintavee Monsakul, and Donna Green

  Return to Introduction to Computers

Return to dfgreen home page

dfgreen.com