Top 10 Tricks to Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, etc. a Computer

Windows OS is not only more popular in the world, but it is also being used more and more. So, it’s important to learn its amazing keyboard shortcuts and other hidden secrets you may not know.

1. Shut Down your Windows PC by using the Shortcut Icon:

Right-click on the desktop as in the picture below

Hover over the “New

Then click on “Shortcut” to open a dialogue box.

Creating keyboard shortcut for shutting down the computer
Creating a keyboard shortcut for shutting down the computer

Now type “shutdown.exe -s -t 00” in the dialogue box → Then click “Next

Typing the location of the item
Typing the location of the item

Now if you want to change any icon name, enter the name in the dialogue box. For example: Shut Down

Lastly, click Finish

Now an icon will be created on the desktop

If you double-click on that icon, your PC will shut down.

Type the icon name you want
Type the icon name you want

Change the Appearance of an Icon:

If you would like to change the appearance of the icon that you have created, follow the steps below.

Right-click on the icon

Click on “Properties”

Changing appearance of an icon
Changing the appearance of an icon

Click “Change Icon

Now select one of the icons you want.

Changing the appearance of an icon on windows
Changing the appearance of an icon on windows

2. Shutting Down your PC with Win key + R

Press Win key + R to open a Run dialogue box

Then type the SlideToShutdown.exe

And then click the “Drop-Down Arrow” to shut down.

3. Auto Shutdown Windows 11 or 10

To auto shut down our PC, open a Run dialogue box by pressing the Windows key + R

Then Type shutdown –s –t number, for eg: “shutdown –s –t 3600 (3600 is time in seconds, i.e. 1 hour)

Lastly, click on OK.

4. Shut Down, Restart, and Sleep with Shortcut Key → Alt+F4

Press Alt + F4 and then click ok or press enter key (Alt + F4 also closes open files if you press the shortcut key multiple times before shutting down).

5. Shut Down, Restart, and Sleep your PC or Laptop with the Regular Method

The regularly used method to Shut Down, Restart, or Sleep your PC: Click on the Window Icon start button → Click the power button arrow → Click shutdown.

6. Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key

Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, then click on the power button, which appears at the bottom right corner of the screen, and then click shut down.

7. Windows Key + X, then U

To shut down a computer, Press Windows Key + X, then U

8. Shutting Down System with window Software:

Shut down a computer by using the shutdown timer classic
Shutting Down the System with window Software


Shutdown Timer Classic is a little windows power app, used to set a timer to Shut Down, Restart, Hibernate, Sleep or Lock your Computer. It is free and open-source software. To use it does not require any internet connection.

9. Shut Down System with 3rd Party App:

Wise auto shutdown is a 3rd party application software.  With this tool, you can easily schedule your computer to shut down, log off, restart, sleep, and close power at any time you want. It supports both 32- and 64-bit OS for Windows XP, Vista, and Win7/8/10. Click here to download.

10 Shutting Down a Window Computer with Command Prompt

Windows Command Prompt
Windows Command Prompt

Click on the search button

Type “command prompt” in the search box and press the “Enter” key

As soon as you press enter key the following code editor box will open.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18362.836]

2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:UsersOmkaram>

Shut Down PC with Windows Command Prompt
Shutting Down PC with Windows Command Prompt

Continue typing the “shutdown /p” (after “C: UsersOmkaram>”) to the above code editor and press “Enter“.

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