Use the Power Button

This is going to sound a little weird: one of the worst things that can happen when you hit the power button is that the computer turns off.

Why is that bad? Well, it's bad if you're in the middle of work and hit the power button accidentally. Any unsaved work can subsequently vanish.

But isn't the system supposed to shut down when you press the power button? Well, maybe. It all depends. For example, if you have kids who like to push all buttons within eyesight (as kids do), or if your power button is imperiled by your leg, you can configure what happens when it's pressed. Here's what to do:


Open the Control Panel, switch to Classic View, and double-click the Power Options applet.


Choose the Advanced tab, and then in the "When I press the power button…" drop-down menu, choose the action that you want to occur (see Figure 3-4).

Figure 3-4. Configure the power button behavior.

This is great for families with small kids. I tell my son, for example, that all he needs to do when leaving the computer is to hit the power button. The system hibernates, and neither of us is ever in danger of losing valuable data.

Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
ISBN: 013167983X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 275
Authors: Brian Culp © 2008-2017.
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