Keyboard Shortcuts: Shut Down Windows

Blue image displaying text "Shutting down" in white

by JP Corcoran

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to turn off your computer, there are several shutdown options available in Windows.

Alt + F4 Method

One of the quickest ways to power off your computer is using the Alt + F4 method.

  1. Close all the open programs on your device
  2. Press Alt + F4 to display the shutdown window
  3. Press the dropdown menu arrow and select Shut Down
  4. Select OK to turn off the computer.

Win + X Method
You can use the Quick Access Menu to turn off your Windows PC. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Press Win + X to open the Windows quick access menu
  2. Press U to expand the Shut down or sign out menu

From here we have several options:

  • Press U to shut down
  • Press R to restart
  • Press S to sleep
  • Press H to hibernate
  • Press I to sign out