Method 1 – Use Alt + F4
- Alt + F4 shuts down the open window and is also a feature that can be used to reboot your laptop. It is particularly useful if you do not have the use of your trackpad or mouse.
- Simply combine the key presses of Alt + F4 together and select the option that you need. To reboot your laptop, click on the “Restart” link.
Method 2 – Reboot using the Standard Windows-based Method
This is the method that Microsoft would prefer you to use in rebooting your laptop. Just do this:
- . Tap on the “Start” button or Window symbol located at the bottom left of your screen.
- From here you, have the option to “Sleep, Shutdown or Restart”. If you are trying to reboot, then you have to choose the “Restart” button.
- Alternatively, you can right-click on the Windows Start” button and you now have “Sign Out, Sleep Shutdown or Restart” to choose from. Again, select the best option for you (which to reboot is to choose Restart).
Method 3 – Ctrl + Alt + Delete
- Tick the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys together on your keyboard to key in a blue screen.
- From here, you will come across a power symbol (Windows 10 – other versions of Windows may see “Shut Down”). Clicking on this power symbol will offer you the option to “Sleep, Shut Down or Restart”. To easily reboot your Dell Inspiron laptop, select “Restart”.
Method 4 – The “Brown Out”
What is a brownout? A brownout is when your laptop shuts down using the power button without doing damage to the hard drive. Back when Windows 3.1 was the current version, you used to have to “Park” the hard drive needle before closing down Windows.
If you didn’t do this, then the movable needle arm which scans your hard drive would stay in its current position. When you restarted your computer, you may be struggling to reboot Windows and you could be in trouble. To solve this issue:
- Hold down the physical power button on your laptop for 6 seconds.
- This will give the laptop enough time to “Safely” shut itself down and ensure that all internal components have enough time to close correctly without damage.
Method 5 – The “Black Out”
This shutdown method can also be likened to the brown-out method. This is where all power is removed from your device at once.
To do this:
- Remove your power cable from the laptop
- Remove also your battery from the laptop.
Once you are done doing this, your laptop will shut down / blackout.
Note, blackouts are not really recommended by IT technicians. This is because they can potentially damage the components inside your laptop.
In order to minimize the risk of component damage, it is recommended that you hold down your power button for 30 seconds before you plug in your battery and power cable back in.
This is because of components like capacitors which hold a charge on your motherboard. Thus, by holding down the power button and waiting for 30 seconds you are effectively allowing these to discharge.
If you do not do this, you have the potential to cause a power spike within your circuitry and damage your laptop. Even though the risk here is small. However, it is a good practice.