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PC Logon/Logoff Best Practices

Departmental Computers (Faculty, Staff, Student Worker) Logon/Logoff Best Practices

Reboots and Log offs

At a minimum, please “reboot” your computer on a weekly basis.  This is an important practice to support the recurring software updates that are deployed to your computer and to maintain the operational stability of your system.

To “reboot”, close your programs and documents, then..

  • For Windows:  Start | Shutdown | Restart  (Alternate method:  Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, select the Power button (lower right)  choose Restart).

  • For Mac, Apple Icon | Restart

As a best practice, you are encouraged to “log off” of your system at the end of each day.  To “log off”, close your programs and documents, then…

  • For Windows:  Start | Shutdown | Log off  (Alternate method:  Press Ctrl-Alt-Del and select Log off).

  • For Mac, Apple Icon | Log Out

To save energy, you are also encouraged to “power off” your monitor or other peripherals (speakers, printer) by pressing the power button on the device.  (Note:  Power settings will also put your monitor “to sleep” after a couple of hours).

 

Shut Down during Vacations, Breaks or Planned Power Outages

If you will be away from your office for several days or your building will be without power you should power your computer off.  To shut down your computer, close your programs and documents, then..

  • For Windows, Start | Shutdown  (Alternate method:  Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, select the Power button (lower right)  choose Shut Down).

  • For Mac, Apple Icon | Shut Down

To save energy you should also power off any peripherals including your monitor, speakers, and printer by pressing the power button.