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Ending a Computing Session Windows 8


When you are ready to end a computing session, you should, at the very least, secure your computer so that others can't access it. You can do this by locking the computer. You can access the Lock option from the Start screen, or you can use the Windows+L combination. If you use the Start screen, click your User tile in the top-right corner. When you lock your computer, your open files, programs, apps, and windows remain open so that when you unlock your computer you can continue working where you left off. Lock your computer when you want to leave it unattended for a short period of time. You should lock your comВ­puter when you go to lunch, run an errand, or go for coffee.

Ending a Computing Session Windows 8

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You can also sign out of your computer. When you do this, you are closing your computing session. When you return, you must sign back in and start a new computing session, which means reopening apps, programs, and previously opened windows. Sign off to secure your computer if you'll be away from it for a long period of time.

Your computer is likely configured to go to sleep after a specific period of time. While your computer is sleeping, it uses very little electricity. The hard drive(s) and monitor(s) power down and are quiet and dim. It's best to let your computer go to sleep when you can rather than turning it off. It causes less wear and tear, and the computer can be awakened much more quickly than it can be restarted. When a computer sleeps, your programs and winВ­dows remain open and ready. Your computer will go to sleep after a specific period of inacВ­tivity. In the default power scheme, Balanced, the monitor will sleep after 10 minutes and the computer after 30.

Finally, you can completely shut down your computer. Because other options are encourВ­aged, the option to turn off the computer is more difficult to access. The option to turn off your computer is available from the Settings charm, from the Power options. Although you can access that setting from there, it's much easier to use the Windows+I keyboard shortcut.


TIP Shut down your computer when you want to move it, transport it, or know you won't be using it for at least two days.

In this exercise, you'll shut down your computer.

SET UP There is No Setup for this exercise. You do not need any Practice files To comВ­Plete this exercise.

1 Position your cursor in the bottom-right corner of the screen and, when the charms appear, click Settings.

2 Click Power.

3 Click Shut down.

Ending a Computing Session Windows 8

CLEAN UP Leave the computer turned Off Until you are ready To Use it again.

TROUBLESHOOTING If you see other options that prompt you to install updates before shutting down, choose that option.




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