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How to Shut Down Windows 11

While most Windows users have no problem shutting down the system, there are several ways to power it down that may not be immediately apparent.

Windows 11 changed the shutdown process slightly, but it’s still reasonably straightforward.

To help ease you into the new operating system, we have compiled six ways to shut down Windows 11.

Shut Down from The Windows Start Menu

The start button is probably the most common and used way to shut down Windows. It can power your system down in just a few steps.

  1. Click on the Start icon (located in your taskbar).Start Button
  2. Click the Power button on the bottom right corner of the new window.Power Button
  3. Click on the Shut down option from the list.Shut Down

Shut Down Using the Power Button

How to Shut Down Windows 11

Before shutting down using the power button, close all your work and save any open files.

Once you’re ready, press your computer’s or laptop’s power button to begin shutting down. However, do not hold it down, as that triggers a forced shut down that can corrupt files and generate system errors.

If you press the shut down button and your computer goes to sleep instead, follow these steps to adjust the behavior.

  1. Click on the Start button in the middle of your taskbar.Start Button
  2. Search for the Control Panel.Search for Control Panel
  3. Click on Control Panel.Control Panel
  4. Click on View by: Category on the top right.View by Category
  5. Change to View by: Small icons.Small Icons
  6. In the results, click on Power Options.Power Options
  7. Then, select Choose what the power buttons do on the left side.Choose what the power buttons do
  8. Change the When I press the power button option to Shut down.When I press the power button
  9. Click Save changes.Save changes

Shut Down Using the Alt + F4 Shortcut

One extremely fast way to shut down Windows 11 is using the Alt + F4 keys to bypass most menus and UI animations. To trigger a shut down with this command, follow these steps.

  1. Press Alt + F4 on your desktop screen.alt + f4 to shutdown
  2. Select the Shut down option from the dropdown menu.Windows 11 Shut down
  3. Press OK to shut down the system.OK to confirm shut down

This method only works when you’re on your desktop screen with no software or windows currently opened and in view. Otherwise, the Alt + F4 command will instead close that window or software.

Shut Down Using the Ctrl + Alt + Delete Menu

You can press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to bring up a screen with several options like changing users, opening up the task manager, or locking the screen. Then, follow these steps to shut down from this screen.

  1. Press the Power button on the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Press Shut down

Shut Down Using the Power User Menu

The power user menu is a hub with some of the most important Windows 11 features together in one place.

One of the options offered in the menu is to shut down the system with a couple of clicks. You can access the menu by following these steps.

  1. Right-click on the Start button in the middle of your taskbar.Start Button
  2. Mouse over Shut down or sign out.Shut down or sign out
  3. Click Shut down.Shut down

Shut Down Using Command Line

There’s a command to trigger a shutdown for advanced users who prefer to do most of their work using a command line or Windows power shell.

Follow these steps to shut down via the command prompt.

  1. Click on the Start button in the middle of your taskbar.Start Button
  2. Type command prompt in the search.When I press the power button Search for Command Prompt
  3.  Click on the Command Prompt app.Open Command Prompt App
  4. Type shutdown /s and press enter.shutdown /s
  5. Press Close on the dialog box.Close

Alternatively, you can access the command prompt via the Run shortcut on Windows. To do so is a simple process.

  1. Press Windows + RWindows + R
  2. Type cmd.cmd
  3. Press OK.OK

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