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[[!meta title="Shutting down Tails"]]

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There are several ways of shutting down Tails:
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- By clicking on the system menu located in
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  the upper right corner of the screen and choosing either:

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  - [[!img lib/system-shutdown.png link="no" class="symbolic-22" alt="Shutdown icon"]] to
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    shutdown the computer or
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  - [[!img lib/view-refresh.png link="no" class="symbolic-22" alt="Restart icon"]] to restart
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    the computer.
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  [[!img introduction_to_gnome_and_the_tails_desktop/system.png link="no"]]
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- By physically removing the USB stick or DVD that Tails is running from.
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<div class="caution">

<p>This method might in rare occasions break the file system of your persistent
volume. <strong>Use this method only in case of emergency.</strong></p>

<p>If you cannot enable persistence after using this method, you should be able
to recover most of your data by doing a [[file system check on the persistent
volume|persistence/check_file_system]].</p>

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<div class="bug">
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This method does not work [[with DVD|support/known_issues#index11h2]],
see [[!tails_ticket 5447]].
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While shutting down, the data stored in <span class="definition">[[!wikipedia
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Random-access_memory desc="RAM"]]</span> is erased
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to protect from [[cold boot
attacks|doc/advanced_topics/cold_boot_attacks]].