Shut down computer from keyboard


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After a recent discussion with a friend of mine about getting used to using the [Windows] key on the keyboard in Windows 8 instead of pining away for the Start button, my friend asked about shutting down Windows. As the discussion heated up in a friendly manner, he snarkily said, "There's no shut down key on the keyboard!" As a quick retort, I said "Well, there can be!"

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I then told him that using a keyboard with programmable hot keys, one could easily configure a key on the keyboard to Shut down Windows 8. Even without such a keyboard, a plain old desktop shortcut can be configured to respond to a keyboard shortcut. As the discussion evolved, I also pointed out that you can shut down Windows 8 using the power button on your desktop PC or closing the lid on a laptop.

Later, I realized that while I had covered several ways to shut down Windows 8, I had not written an article about these...

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A Windows computer allows you allows you to Shut down Lock, Switch User, Sign Out, Log off, Hibernate or Sleep using keyboard shortcuts. In Windows 7 you can do so via the Start Menu. In Windows 8, you had to do so via the Charms Bar. In Windows 8.1, you can do so via the Charms Bar as well as the WinX Menu. Many still, prefer to use our freeware HotShut. While you can always create Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Suspend Shortcuts, in this post we will see how to use keyboard shortcuts to Shut down or Lock Windows computer.

Shut down or Lock Windows using keyboard shortcut

Windows offers over 10 ways to shut down the computer, To use keyboard shortcuts, you have to be on the desktop. Else press WIN+D or click on ‘Show Desktop’ in Windows 7 Quick Launch or Windows 8 right side corner.

Now Press ALT+F4 keys and you will be immediately presented with the Shutdown dialog box.

Select an option with the arrow keys & press Enter. If you wish, you can also...

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Have you ever found yourself looking to turn your computer off or put it to sleep without a mouse handy? Windows has always offered the ability to turn off with just keyboard shortcuts, but who can remember them all?

Here are the keyboard shortcuts you need to know to turn Windows 10 off, make it sleep, or restart it quickly and easily. Print it out, save it on your desktop, and let it burn into your brain so you can turn your PC off in a snap!

Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then U again to turn off. Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then R to restart. Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then H to hybernate. Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then S to sleep.

Are those shortcuts too many buttons for you? Well guess what, you can just hit the classic: ALT+F4. There’s also the another of the favorites: a double CTLR+ALT+DEL.

How do you turn your computer off or put it to sleep? Let us know in the comments!


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