Want a quick way to look computer savvy? Trying using a reboot to fix problems.

When you reboot your computer, chances are various issues that caused your desktop to lock up will be resolved.

Rebooting is often a first step in troubleshooting. But you must reboot – not “restart.” Rebooting is when you power your machine or device all the way down, wait 10 to 20 seconds, and then power up. The “Restart” option doesn’t work here – read more to learn why on Page 3.

Rebooting can also solve problems with other devices – such as your WiFi router or your cable box.

Rebooting also may help your blood pressure. After all, you have to count to 10 or 20 – and that can help a lot when you’re on deadline and your machine’s frozen!