How to Shutdown or Restart Your Computer Without Using the Start Menu or Shutdown Dialog
This tips works great on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (all versions)
If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of trying to shutdown or restart your computer when your Start menu or taskbar are missing or unresponsive…it can be daunting. One obvious way to shut down is to simply power off your computer, but there are better ways.
So here’s a way you can shutdown your computer without using the Start menu or Shutdown/Restart dialog, and it’s very easy to do. You can also shutdown or restart your computer using this tip instead of using your Start menu or shutdown dialog.
Just press & hold down the Windows Key and tap the R key to open a Run dialog.
In the Run box…
To shutdown your computer type SHUTDOWN and press enter.
To restart your computer type SHUTDOWN /R and press enter (Please note the space between SHUTDOWN and the slash.)
So, the next time you cannot shut your computer down the way you normally do, you’ll have another option besides powering off your computer. Or if you can shutdown or restart your computer using this tip whenever you like.
A reader (John) pointed out that you can also use CTRL+ALT+DELETE to Shut down your computer, too. Just press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and click on the power button in the bottom-right corner:
Thanks, John! We forgot about that shutdown/restart option.
And two more ways to shut down Windows that we didn’t include above:
Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + D then use the shortcut ALT + F4 to bring up the Shutdown dialog.
Windows Key + D takes you back to your desktop. When you’re on the desktop, the ALT+F4 key brings up the Shutdown dialog. From the dialog you can choose Shutdown, Restart, Sign out, Switch user, or Sleep. The above screenshot was taken on Windows 10, but this will work on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to.
Oh, and three more things: If you are using Windows 10, you can type Shutdown in the taskbar search and press Enter to shutdown your computer, or type Shutdown /R and press Enter to restart. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts:
Windows Key + X, U, U to shut down
Windows Key + X, U, R to restart.
And if you have Widows 10 Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) or newer, you can use Cortana to restart or shutdown your computer using voice commands.