How to restart a computer

Many people have heart the old IT joke

“Have your tried turning it off and on again?”

But, do you actually know how to?

Last week, I was skyping a family friend when he asked

“How do you restart a computer?”

It seemed that the installation instructions for a design program had prompted him to. He was at a loss.

I did a quick google for tutorials. The ones I did find were either too convoluted or didn’t explain the reasoning at all. I had to walk him through the process myself, which I have documented below.

So, without any further ado, I present to thee:

How to restart a computer (Deluxe Edition)

  1. Place the cursor in the bottom left corner of the screen. It should now be placed on the Start Menu, like so:

2. Hold down the left mouse button.

3. Quickly release the left mouse button. Your screen should now look like this:

4. Navigate the cursor to the “Shut down” button.

5. Repeat steps 2 and 3, after which the screen should look like so:

Thank you for reading.