Shutdown or Restart Your Computer Without Using the Start Button or the Start Menu

By | September 15, 2022
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Shutdown or Restart Your Computer Without Using the Start Button or the Start Menu

A tip for Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of trying to shut down or restart your computer when your Start menu or taskbar is 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.

We are going to show you how to shut down your computer without using the Start menu or Shutdown/Restart dialog, and it’s very easy to do. 

Just press and hold down the Windows Key and tap the R key to open a Run dialog.

In the run box dialog use the following commands to shut down or restart your computer.

To shut down your computer type SHUTDOWN and press enter.

To restart your computer type SHUTDOWN /R and press enter (Do not forget the space between SHUTDOWN and the slash.)

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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.  

Another way to shut down your computer

You can also use CTRL+ALT+DELETE to Shut down or restart your computer, too. Just press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and click on the power button in the bottom-right corner and you’ll have the option to shut down or restart your computer.

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Here are two more ways to shut down or restart your PC

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + D to go to the Desktop, then, while on the desktop, use the shortcut ALT + F4 to bring up the Shutdown dialog.

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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 8.1 and Windows 11 as well.

Or use keyboard shortcuts to shut down or restart your PC.

Windows Key + X, U, U to shut down

or

Windows Key + X, U, R to restart.

 

2 thoughts on “Shutdown or Restart Your Computer Without Using the Start Button or the Start Menu

  1. JP

    Thank you for the tip. My computer has been freezing up out of the blue and these are good alternatives to restart my computer. After rebooting, the computer behaves OK for awhile and then it stops responding. If this keeps happening, I may have to seek your help to find out what the problem is.

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  2. Sylvia Deitz

    Wow! That’s really good to know. I’ve been in that situation a few times and always shut down by pressing the on/off button, but I felt like I was doing something I shouldn’t.

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