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How to Restart Your Chromebook

How to Restart Your Chromebook

The reboot is the computer person’s timeless cure-all, like grandma’s home remedy for flu and colds.

From slowdowns and freezes to inexplicably dysfunctioning operations, a Chromebook is likely to eventually be hit by everyday ailments other operating systems suffer from occasionally.

This is why it’s handy to know how to restart your Chromebook.

Why Restart Your Chromebook?

While restarting your Google-powered laptop should typically be your last resort, it will fix a good chunk of unexpected issues that may crop up. Here are some of the most common reasons for restarting your Chromebook:

  • It’s running slower than usual, or the screen has completely frozen.
  • You’ve installed a new update to your OS or a few critical apps.
  • Some of your apps aren’t opening, or they’re taking longer than usual to load.
  • Actions and operations involving your internet connection are suffering from lag.
  • It won’t connect to WiFi or other connectivity issues.
  • The picture on the screen becomes distorted or displays weird colors.

Now that we’ve covered some of the issues that can be solved by restarting your Chromebook, we can move on to ways to reboot it. There are three methods for turning it off and then on again. Keep in mind that the method you use will depend on the nature of the problem you are trying to solve.

How to Restart Your Chromebook with the Shut Down Command

Step 1: Open the Quick Menu

On the bottom-right corner of your Chromebook’s taskbar, you’ll see your battery and WiFi icons, as well as the time.

access to quick menu

Select within this area to bring up the Quick Menu.

Step 2: Select Shut Down

The small Quick Menu window will appear at the bottom right of your screen. There will be an icon with the power symbol on it. Go ahead and click it.

os power button

Your Chromebook should automatically save any data and work that you have been working on, and it should also make sure you are signed out of your Google account.

Step 3: Turn Device Back On

After your Chromebook is entirely powered off, you can proceed to turn it back on by using the physical power button on your keyboard.

How to Restart Your Chromebook with the Power Button

Step 1: Hold Down the Power Button

There are two ways to shut down your Chromebook using the physical power button on your keyboard.

The first requires you to press and hold it for about three seconds. Doing so should result in the device automatically saving whatever you’ve been working on, followed by signing you out of your Google account, and ultimately powering itself down.

short hold power button

Alternatively, you can press and hold the power button for just a second in order to bring up the Power Menu on your screen. From here, you can choose to Power Off your device which will result in the same process as the above method.

Step 2: Turn Device Back On

Once your Chromebook is completely turned off, you can bring it back to life by pressing the power button on your keyboard once more.

How to Force Restart Your Chromebook with a Hard Reset

A hard reset is a brute force method for restarting your Chromebook. Because of how drastic it is, we recommend you only use it as an absolute last resort when the above two methods have failed.

Before we kick things off, we have a disclaimer. Performing a hard reset will likely cause loss of unsaved work. Therefore, before executing this reset, we recommend you sign out of your Google account.

keyboard sign out

You can do this by using the following key combination: Ctrl + Shift + Q x 2

Alternatively, if you are able to access the Quick Menu, you can use its Sign Out button to exit your Google account and save your work.

hard reset keys

With that out of the way, time to learn how to hard reset your Chromebook to force a restart. Simply hold the physical Refresh button (circular arrow icon) on your keyboard, then tap the power button. An exception to this method is tablets which require you to push and hold the power and volume up buttons for 10 seconds.

Yannis is a veteran gamer with over 30 years of experience playing a wide spectrum of video games. When not writing about games, he's playing them, and if he's not playing them then he's definitely thinking about them.

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