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[[!meta title="Shutting down Tails"]]
There are several ways of shutting down Tails:
By clicking on the system menu located in the upper right corner of the screen and choosing either:
[[!img lib/system-shutdown.png link="no" class="symbolic" alt="Shutdown icon"]] to shutdown the computer or
[[!img lib/view-refresh.png link="no" class="symbolic" alt="Restart icon"]] to restart the computer.
[[!img desktop/system.png link="no"]]
- By physically removing the USB stick or DVD that Tails is running from.
<div class="caution">
<div class="caution">
<p>Only physically remove the USB stick in case of emergency as doing
so can sometimes break the file system of the Persistent Storage.</p>
<p>If you cannot unlock the Persistent Storage anymore after
physically removing the USB stick, try to do a [[file system check on
the Persistent Storage|persistent_storage/check]]
to fix it.</p>
</div>
When you shut down Tails, all the data stored in [[!wikipedia
Random-access_memory desc="RAM"]] is erased
to protect you from [[cold boot
attacks|doc/advanced_topics/cold_boot_attacks]].