How to shut down or restart a computer with the keyboard

Maybe you are looking for a way to shut down the computer with the keyboard because the mouse is not working. Maybe you just want to do it in a faster and more efficient way. Regardless of the reason, there are several ways to shut down, restart or suspend your PC using only the keyboard in Windows.

Although Windows does not include a keyboard shortcut or shortcut to shut down your computer quickly, there are several ways you can do it. Next we will see the different ways to turn off a computer using only your keyboard in Windows 10.

How to turn off the computer with the keyboard

Method 1: Keyboard shortcut Alt + F4

The Alt + F4 shortcut closes the current window, but if no window is active or selected, the Close Windows 10 window opens, allowing you to shut down the system.

# 1. Press the Win + D keys    to minimize all sales and show your desktop.

# 2. With no window active, press the Alt + F4 keys  to open the Close Windows dialog box  .

# 3. If the option that appears by default is the one you want, such as shutting down (for example), you just have to press Enter to shut down the computer.

# 4. Otherwise, use the up or down arrow keys on the keyboard to switch to other options, and then press  Enter  when the desired option is displayed.

Method 2: Using the Power User Menu

The Power User Menu gives you quick access to shutdown options in Windows 10. Here’s how you can quickly shut down, restart, log off, or suspend your PC using the keyboard:

# 1. Press the keyboard shortcut Win + X to open the advanced user menu.

You’ll notice that the underlined characters correspond to the shortcut keys for each of the options that appear on the menu.

# 2. Press the G key to access the Shut down or sign out option .

# 3. Then press one of the following keys to shut down, restart, or perform one of the other actions:

  • Press A to shut down Windows.
  • Press the R key to reboot.
  • Press  S to put Windows to sleep.
  • Press I to log out.

Method 3: With the power button

If you’re ready to shut down your PC as quickly as possible, the power button comes first. But most computers come with such a button programmed to put the system into sleep mode. Let’s see how to reprogram it to turn off:

# 1. Open the Run window (Win + R), type powercfg.cpl and hit Enter to enter Power Options.

# 2. Under Power Options, select the option Choose the behavior of the on / off buttons on the left.

# 3. Next to On pressing the power button, choose the Power off option under On battery and On AC power and click Save changes.

In this way you can turn off your PC or laptop by pressing the power button once, which is equivalent to doing it with the keyboard.

Method 4: Create your own keyboard shortcut to shut down the PC

Although there is no direct keyboard shortcut for shutting down the computer, you can create your own.

# 1. Create a shortcut to shut down Windows as indicated in the link.

There you will find the instructions to create a shortcut, either to stop shutting down, restarting, hibernating, suspending or logging out of your PC. With your shortcut already created, the next thing to do is assign the keyboard shortcut for said shortcut.

# 2. Right click on the new shortcut and choose  Properties.

# 3. Select the Shortcut tab   at the top and in the Shortcut Key option , enter the combination you want and click OK.

You must choose a shortcut that is not being used by other programs. Also make sure that the combination is not easy to do by accident. You don’t want to suddenly shut down your computer while you’re working on something.

Once the shortcut and its keyboard shortcut have been created, to shut down, suspend, restart or log out of Windows, it will be easier, even with the keyboard. If you ever decide that you don’t want the shortcut, just delete the shortcut file.

Shutdown and restart computer with keyboard

Now you know several methods to shut down or restart your Windows computer with the keyboard easily. This makes it easy to access power options without fiddling with menus, especially if you don’t have a working mouse.

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