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MONDAY, MARCH 11

LAPORTE SUPPORT

Q: Does constantly shutting down via the power button hurt the computer?

A: The safest way to shut down a computer is to give it the Shut Down command. In Windows this involves using the Start menu. (Yes, I know that makes no sense at all, but if they made computers easy to use, a whole lot of people like me would be out of a job!) Select Shut Down, and click OK. Most late-model PCs shut themselves off at this point.

If your computer doesn't turn itself off when you Shut Down, it's okay to use the power button when you see the "OK to shut down" message, but not before.

Power down a Macintosh computer by selecting Shut Down from the Finder's Special menu; with OS 8x and above, press the Power button on the keyboard to bring up the Shut Down dialog. Really old Macs have to be shut off manually.

People often wonder if it's better to turn off the computer or leave it on all night. I say turn your system off if you're not going to be using it for more than a few hours. It saves energy and doesn't harm the computer.

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