General Shut Down Computer in Windows 11


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If you don't plan to use your PC for a while, then you could shut down (turn off) the PC to save energy.

A shut down closes all apps, signs out all users, and turn your PC off completely.

When shutting down your PC, any open supported apps are registered for application restart. After restart, these apps will re-open automatically when you sign in.

The feature to restore applications that have registered for application restart after you restart or shutdown has been set to only occur for users that have turned on (default) Automatically save my restartable apps and restart them when I sign back in.


This tutorial will show you different ways on how to shut down your Windows 11 computer.


Contents



EXAMPLE: Computer "Shutting down"

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Option One

Shut Down Computer by Closing Lid


This option is only available for laptops with a lid to close.

This option requires you to set the default lid close action to Shut down.


1 Close the laptop lid to perform the default lid close action.




Option Two

Shut Down Computer by Pressing Power Button


1 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Press the Power button on your device.

    This requires you to set the default power button action to Shut down.

  • Press and hold the Power button on your device until it powers off to force a hard shut down.

    A hard shut down should only be used as a last resort when you are unable to shut down using any other option. For example, if your computer becomes unresponsive.

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Option Three

Shut Down Computer from Start menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Shut down in the Power menu.

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Option Four

Shut Down Computer from Win+X Quick Link Menu


1 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  • Press the Win + X keys, press the U key, and press the U key.
  • Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on Shut down or sign out, and click/tap on Shut down.
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Option Five

Shut Down Computer from Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows Dialog


1 Click/tap on the desktop (Win+D) to make it the current focused (active) window.

2 Press the Alt + F4 keys.

This will only work if you did step 1. Otherwise, it will close the current active window instead of the desktop.


3 Select Shut down in the drop menu, and click/tap on OK or press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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Option Six

Shut Down Computer from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen


1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Shut down in the Power menu.

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Option Seven

Shut Down Computer from Sign-in Screen


1 While on the Sign-in screen: (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Shut down in the Power menu.

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Option Eight

Slide to Shut down your PC


1 Run (Win+R) SlideToShutDown.exe.

2 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  • Slide/drag the "Slide to shut down your PC" screen to the bottom of the screen.
  • Press Enter while on the "Slide to shut down your PC" screen.
  • Click/tap on the "Slide to shut down your PC" screen.

You can slide/drag the "Slide to shut down your PC" screen to the top of the screen to cancel the shutdown.


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Option Nine

Shut Down Computer using "Shutdown" command


To see more shutdown command usage details, see: shutdown | Microsoft Docs.


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Type the command below you want to use into Windows Terminal, and press Enter.

shutdown /p

Performs a full shutdown by turning off the local computer with no time-out or warning. Shutdown will stop if there are any unsaved jobs, and will then prompt if you want to save on the desktop.


OR

shutdown /p /f

Forces running apps to close, and turns off the local computer with no time-out or warning.


OR

shutdown /s

Performs a full shutdown of the computer.

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OR

shutdown /sg

Performs a full shutdown of the computer. On the next boot, restart any registered applications.


OR

shutdown /s /f /t 0

Immediately force running apps to close, and then performs a full shutdown of the computer.


OR

shutdown /s /t xxx

Performs a full shutdown of the computer after a timeout period you specified in seconds.

Substitute xxx in the command above with between 0-315360000 seconds you want for the timeout period. If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f (force) parameter is implied.


OR

shutdown /s /c "Your comment here"

Displays a warning with your comment, and performs a full shutdown of the computer.

Substitute Your comment here in the command above with the comment you want up to 512 characters.

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OR

shutdown /s /t xxx /c "Your comment here"

Displays a warning notice with your comment, and performs a full shutdown of the computer after a timeout period you specified in seconds.

Substitute Your comment here in the command above with the comment you want up to 512 characters.

Substitute xxx in the command above with between 0-315360000 seconds you want for the timeout period. If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f (force) parameter is implied.

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Option Ten

Shut Down Computer using "Stop-Computer" command


To see more Stop-Computer command usage details, see: Stop-Computer | Microsoft Docs.


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Type the command below you want to use into Windows PowerShell, and press Enter.

stop-computer

Performs a full shutdown of the computer.


OR

stop-computer -force

Forces running apps to close, and then performs a full shutdown of the computer.


OR

stop-computer -confirm

Prompts you to confirm before performing a full shutdown of the computer.

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OR

stop-computer -force -confirm

Prompts you to confirm before forces running apps to close, and then performs a full shutdown of the computer.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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