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8 Ways to Shut Down or Restart Your Computer with Windows 10

Do you know how many ways to shut down or restart your computer with Windows 10? Here we introduce eight ways. Some of the ways may be used infrequently, but they are still worth learning, because it benefits you to learn something new.

8 ways to shut down or restart your computer in Windows 10

I will start with the most commonly used way.

Way 1: from Start menu

Bring up the Start menu by pressing the Win key on your keyboard or by clicking the Win button on the lower left corner of Windows 10 desktop, then click the Power button, and then click Shut down or Restart. This is the most commonly used method for Windows 10 users to shut down or restart the computer.

Select from Start menu

Way 2: from Win+ X menu

Open the Win+ X menu by pressing the Win+ X keyboard shortcut or by right clicking on the Win icon on the lower left corner of Windows 10 desktop, then point to the ''Shut down or sign out'' option, and then select Shut down or Restart. You can use Win+X Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10 to help do this task.

To do: press Win+X, U to bring up The shutdown options menu, then do one of following options:

  • option 1: press S to sign out your PC.
  • option 2: press U to shut down your PC.
  • option 3: press R to Restart your computer.

Select from WinX menu

Way 3: with Alt+ F4 keyboard shortcut

Press the Alt + F4 keyboard shortcut to open the Shut Down Windows dialog. Click the drop-down button under ''What do you want the computer to do'', then select Shut down or Restart and click OK.

Shut Down Windows dialog

Way 4: by Run dialog box

Open Run dialog box by pressing the Win+ R keyboard shortcut. To shut down your computer, type shutdown /s and click OK.

type shutdown command in Run box

To restart your computer, type shutdown /r and click OK.

type restart command in Run box

Way 5: by Command Prompt

Open a Command Prompt (or CMD) window, then type the same command as in the Run dialog box, and press Enter key to shut down or restart your computer.

Type shutdown command

Way 6: from the lock/login screen

On Windows 10 lock or login screen, click the Power button in the lower right corner of the screen, and then select Shut down or Restart from the menu.

Shut down or restart from lock screen

Way 7: Slide to Shut down your PC


Open Run dialog box, then type SlideToShutdown.exe and click OK.

slide to shutdown

This will drop in your lock screen image from the top, which will cover half of your screen, as shown in the figure below. Slide the image to the bottom of your screen using your mouse (or your finger if you are using a touchscreen) to shut down your computer. Press any key or click on any area of the screen to cancel shutdown.

Slide the image to bottom of the screen

Way 8: Using desktop shortcut

You can create shutdown and restart shortcuts on Windows 10 desktop so that you can simply double click the shortcut to shut down or restart your computer, if you want.