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    computer is open

    When we say "open the computer", it means "open the computer case". But I see people say something like " keep my laptop open", Is is correct to say "computer is open" to mean "computer is on",or does it apply only to laptop not desktop? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: computer is open

    Technically, "open" does not refer to desktops, but I can see how that could be said.

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    Re: computer is open

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Technically, "open" does not refer to desktops, but I can see how that could be said.
    So "open the laptop" and "turn on the laptop" can be used interchangebly?
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    Re: computer is open

    No. 'Open the laptop' could mean 'Lift up the laptop's lid.'

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    #5

    Re: computer is open

    I would open the laptop (the lid), then turn it on. I would not use open for turning the power on.

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    #6

    Re: computer is open

    A laptop wakes up from sleep when it is opened.

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    #7

    Re: computer is open

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    A laptop wakes up from sleep when it is opened.

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    Only if you put it on sleep. If you shut it down and then close the lid, it will do nothing when you reopen the lid until you actually power it up.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: computer is open

    A laptop sleeps when it is closed and wakes up when it is opened, no need to touch the on/off button at all.

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    #9

    Re: computer is open

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    A laptop sleeps when it is closed and wakes up when it is opened, no need to touch the on/off button at all.

    Not a teacher.
    Like most things computer-related, this is an option, not a commandment.

    My computer does not go to sleep when I close the lid. I use an external monitor on my desk and don't need the little display on my laptop.

    And sleep mode still runs down the battery, so many people actually turn their computers off when they are not using them.

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    Re: computer is open

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    A laptop sleeps when it is closed and wakes up when it is opened, no need to touch the on/off button at all.

    Not a teacher.
    I agree that it's not obligatory to shut down or restart a computer but plenty of people do. Most nights, I simply close the lid on my laptop. Some nights, I turn it off completely.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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