Shutting down and Restarting your PC is a daily routine and must be done easily. Windows provide numerous ways to do the task. The best way to turn off or reboot a Windows PC out of all these ways is through a keyboard shortcut. If you want to learn the straightforward ways to shut down or restart your Windows 10 or 11 PC then take a look at the following three ways.
Keyboard shortcut to Shutdown or Restart Windows 11/10 PC
Windows+Xkeyboard keys simultaneously to view the Start contaxt menu.
- Now, press the
Ukey from the keyboard to select the
Shut down or sign outoption.
- From the keyboard press
Ukey to Shut down or
Rkey to Restart your computer. Notice the underlined letter for each option in the submenu, like the letter
iin the Sign out and
Sin the Sleep options. Alternatively, you can use the
downarrow keys to select the option and then hit the
Enterkey on the keyboard.
Use ALT + F4 to view Shut Down Windows Dialog
- To use the Alt+F4 option, you need to minimize all the running applications to show the desktop as this option only works on the desktop because if the Alt+F4 is pressed while any app window is opened, it will close that app or window first. To minimize all the applications press
Windows+Dkeyboard keys together. All applications will be minimized.
Alt+F4together to open the
Shut Down Windowsdialog.
- Select the desired option like Shut down, Restart, Switch user, Sleep, or Sign out from the drop-down by using the
downarrow keys and hit
Enterto perform the selected operation.
Create a Customized Keyboard Shortcut to Shut Down
shutdown.exe is the file responsible to turning off or rebooting the Windows 10 or 11 PC. This command is executed with some options in the command prompt for the desired tasks. To shut down it takes
-s argument and to restart it takes
-r argument. In the customized shortcut method, we are going to use this command. Let’s see how it will be done.
- Press Windows+D to minimize all the open windows
right-clickon the Desktop, select
Newthe option, and then click on the
Shortcutoption in the sub-menu. The
Create Shortcutwindow will appear.
shutdown.exe -sin order to shut down the PC. If you want to create a shortcut to restart the PC then use the
shutdown -rcommand. Click on the
Nextbutton. A field asking for the name of the shortcut will appear.
- Provide the name of the shortcut according to the option you created the shortcut for
e.g. shutdownin the case you provided
shutdown.exe -sin the previous window. Click on the
Finishbutton and your desired shortcut will appear on the desktop.
- Now, it’s time to assign keyboard keys to this shortcut. On your Desktop, Right-click on the icon of the shortcut you just created. Click on the
- Go to the
Shortcuttab, click inside the
Shortcut keytext box and press the desired shortcut keys
e.g. S. Windows will automatically prefix
Ctrl + Altand your key will look like
Ctrl + Alt + S. Click on
Applybutton to save the changes you made and then click on
OKbutton to close the dialog.
To verify the operation of the newly created shortcut, save all the files and close all the windows open. Press the shortcut key you provided for the shortcut and wait for the action to happen. If your PC shuts down or restarts then the shortcut is fully functional. Alternatively, to do the same you can double-click on the shortcut icon or just click on it and hit Enter key to execute.
Don’t delete the shortcut you created as this will disable the shortcut key as well.