1. Don't ever reach over and just turn your computer off.
Always go through the correct shut down procedure!
• Click on "Start"
• Click on "Shut down the computer?" Then wait until you see the "It is now safe to shut down your computer" message. Then you can turn it off.
If you need to reboot, always wait at least 10 seconds before turning your computer back on.
There are times when the machine is locked up and nothing responds. This may leave you with no choice but to turn it off improperly. Instead of reaching for the OFF switch, try the following procedure. It will shut your computer down safely…
• Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, all at the same time. Let go of them, all at the same time.
• The Win 95/98 Task Manager will come up and then you choose End Task.
• It will take you to another box that wants you to click on the name of the program you were working in to highlight.
• Once you do that, choose End Task at the bottom of the box.
• Then another box will pop up and ask you to click End Task again.
• It will then take you to the Desktop and allow you to go on from there.
• If it is still locked up;
• Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete again and choose Shut Down.
2. Don't give your machine too many commands at one time.
We’re from the clicker generation! But giving your computer too many commands rapidly together – especially on home computers that aren’t designed to handle heavy traffic, can cause a log jam that can bring your computer to a screeching halt. Everything will freeze and you’ll wonder what in the world happened.
Instead, think of your computer as a digestive track. Take a bite and give it time to go down before you take another one! If you’ve clicked and clicked and all your computer does now is sit there… the mouse won't even work… what’s probably happened is you’ve 'locked up' your computer! You’ve given it so many commands that it got confused and didn't know what to do.
To correct this, perform the same function as above.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete all at the same time… etc., etc.
Note: Whatever you were working on at the time the machine locked up will be lost unless you followed the golden rule of saving your work as you go along!
3. So the final “don’t do” rule is this: Don’t forget to save OFTEN.
Needless to say, you will probably learn this lesson the hard way like the rest of us. You will be working away at a file and suddenly something will go haywire that causes the file to close, or forces you to close the file. You can be pretty sure that when this happens, the time for saving your work is too late. So just get into the habit of stopping every 5 minutes or so, and do a quick Save.
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