Whether you want to implement new changes or fix minor bugs, it’s easy to restart your Windows, macOS, Linux, or Chrome OS-based computer. We will show you how to do it.
When you perform a restart, your computer closes all of your running applications. So be sure to save your unsaved work before proceeding to power cycle your machine.
How to restart a Windows computer
Windows offers multiple ways to restart your PC. The easiest of these ways is to use the Start menu to restart the computer.
Reboot to Windows 10 PC
To turn a Windows 10 PC off and on again, first, open the Start menu. Do this by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard.
When the Start menu opens, in the lower left corner, click the “Power” icon (a circle with a line at the top).
From the “Power” menu, choose “Reboot.”
Your machine will automatically turn off and on again. Are you ready.
Reboot to Windows 11 PC
If you are running Windows 11, first open the “Start” menu by pressing the Windows key.
In the “Start” menu, in the lower right corner, click the “Power” icon.
Choose “Reboot” from the menu.
Your machine will turn off and then turn back on.
How to restart a Mac computer
To restart your Mac, first, click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen.
In the menu that opens, choose “Restart”.
Your Mac will display a message “Are you sure you want to restart your computer now?” immediate. If you want your machine to restart its currently open windows after the reboot, enable the “Reopen Windows at logon again” option.
Then click “Restart”.
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How to reboot a Linux computer
Rebooting most Linux-based computers is as easy as clicking a few graphical options or running a command from Terminal. The graphical method will vary depending on the desktop environment you are using. We will use GNOME in our example.
On the GNOME desktop, click on the panel displayed in the upper right corner of your screen. Then click the “Shutdown/Sign Out” button followed by “Restart”.
A dialog box will appear asking you to wait 60 seconds for an automatic reboot or reboot now by pressing “Reboot”.
To use the command line method, open Terminal and type the following command. Then press Enter:
sudo shutdown -r now
Your computer will restart.
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How to restart a Chromebook
In ChromeOS, you don’t have an option that automatically restarts your Chromebook. Instead, you turn off your machine and then turn it back on manually.
One way to do this is to press and hold the power button located in the upper right corner of your keyboard or on the side of the device. This shuts down your machine. Then press the same Power button to turn on the machine.
Another way to restart your Chromebook is to click the clock icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and choose the “Power” icon. This will shut down your machine. To turn it back on, press the power button.
You can also factory reset your Chromebook if you want.
And this is how you give your computer a reboot based on one of the popular operating systems available out there. Enjoy!
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