8 Different Ways To Shut Down Your Computer [Windows] 

If you’ve been a Windows user for long then you might’ve noticed that there’s more than one way to shut down your PC. You probably might be wondering if you really need to know this but hey, you might need it one day and extra knowledge never hurts does it? So why not! Also sometimes due to small bugs, the default methods to shut down your PC don’t work which leaves you wondering what to do next.

Below we have listed down several ways to shut down your PC. Time to gain some knowledge and brag about it. We’ll keep this as simple as possible so you don’t have to waste your time reading unnecessary things.

Method 1: Default Method

The first and default method of shutting down your PC is by clicking the Windows button and then clicking on the power button. After this you get various options to either shutdown, restart, sleep, or hibernate your PC. The preview given below is that of a PC running on Windows 10, it might look different on a different version of windows but you’ll find the power button anyways.

Method 1

Method 2: Alt+F4

This method is also used a lot by Windows users. In this method, you have to press Alt+F4 while on the desktop and a pop-up appears on the screen which includes the option to shut down, restart, sign out, sleep or hibernate your PC. On some PC’s you won’t need to press the Alt button and only F4 will do the job. (You need to be on the desktop for this shortcut to work, minimize other applications before pressing the Alt+F4 combo)

Alt + F4

Method 3: Holding Power Button

Using an old and outdated PC which often hangs in between and irritates you? Well, then you must be well aware of this method which requires you to just holding down the power button for a few secs and voilà! Yes, this method is too common and very obvious, just holding down your power button for a few seconds will shut down your PC.

Here, you can use your power button to either sleep or hibernate your PC once you’ve assigned it through the settings.

Follow this path: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Choose what the power button does

Now you can assign a specific function to your power key from a set of predefined options.

Power button assign

Method 4:  shutdown /s

This method might not be that common but can be helpful. Open your Command Prompt or Run window and type in “shutdown /s” and press Enter. This will display a pop-up saying that your PC will shut down within 1 minute.


Method 5: Windows+X

Another way of shutting down your PC is using the Windows+X button. Using this option allows you to perform various other tasks as well such as accessing control panel, disk management, device manager, command prompt(admin), shut down or sign out, etc.


Method 6: slidetoshutdown

This method includes using your command prompt or run window. You just have to type in “slidetoshutdown” in either of those which will drop down your lock screen. The lock screen will occupy half of your screen, slide down the lock screen to shut down your PC or cancel the shut down by sliding up the lock screen or pressing any key.



Method 7: Sign In Screen

You can also sign out or shut down your PC from the sign in screen. This screen appears when you start your PC, restart it or sign out from an account.Lock Screen


Method 8: Ctrl+Alt+Del

Ctrl+Alt+Del, probably one of the most ancient shortcuts that Windows users know of. Pressing this combo takes you straight to the security options which allows you to switch users, lock your PC, access the task manager and much more.


If you know of any other shortcuts or ways to shut down a PC, do let us know down in the comments section.


Ashutosh Ghodasara

Ashutosh Ghodasara is a blogger from India. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering alongside diploma in photography. Honest, friendly, direct, respectful and patient are some of the words that describe him as a person.

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  1. September 4, 2017

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