How to Sign "I need to restart my computer" in Sign Language

How many times have you overloaded your desktop with endless open tabs and applications and had to force a restart to continue your day? We’ve all been there, we get it! Now, you’ve got a way to let your Deaf or hard-of-hearing colleague, teammate, or classmate know that you have to do that restart without leaving them hanging in the dust!

Signing “I need to restart my computer”

  1. Signing "I": Point to yourself with your index finger.
  2. Signing “Need”: Using your index finger on your dominant finger, shape it like a hook or “X” and bring it to in front of your chest. Bring your index finger down a couple of times, emphasizing depending on how badly you need to do something.
  3. Signing “Re-start”: Sign “R” “E.” Then place your non-dominant hand in an “open 5” handshape, with the palm facing your dominant hand. Using your dominant hand in a “1” handshape, stick your index finger in between the index and middle finger of your non-dominant hand, and twist, as if starting a car.
  4. Signing “My”: Place your dominant hand in an “open 5” handshape and lay across the middle of you chest.
  5. Signing “Computer”: Using your dominant hand, form a “C” handshape. Tap it against your forehead with your thumb touching your forehead.
  6. Signing “I”: Point to yourself with your index finger.

Fun Fact

There are actually several ways to sign computer, the one shown here is widely recognized, but this can vary based on the region or environment.

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