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How To Shut Down PC With A Keyboard [All Methods]

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In rare cases, you might want to shut down your PC with a keyboard, especially when the power button or the mouse is not working. There are several effective shortcuts for this task, such as using the Alt + F4 keys. 

Key Takeaways

  • Proper shutdown of your computer is essential to maintain its health and performance.
  • Alt + F4 or Win + X are the two most commonly used shortcut keyboard keys for quick shutdown. 
  • Make sure to back up your data regularly to prevent data loss during unexpected shutdowns.


I came across multiple keyboard shortcuts that worked like a charm to turn off my Windows 11 PC. All of them take you to more or less the same menu where you can shut down the PC.

Tip: Close all programs and files before shutting down the computer.

Alt + F4

You can use this keyboard shortcut when the desktop is in focus. Press the Alt + F4 keys and select Shut Down in the Shut Down Windows dialog.

Shut Down the PC
Shutting Down the PC (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Windows Key + X

This shortcut pushes forward a Power User Menu with many options. Press and hold the Windows + X keys, then hit U to expand the Shutdown Or Sign-Out section. Go with Shut Down.

Ctrl + Alt + Del

Here are the steps I followed:

  1. Hit The Right Keys: Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del > Press the Power button icon in the lower right corner.
  2. Select Shut Down: Navigate to Shut Down Or Sign Out > Shut Down.
Select Shut Down or Sign out
Click On The Shutdown Or Sign Out Option (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Using Command Prompt

Here’s how to put it to use:

  1. Execute Code In Run: Use Win + R to launch Run box > Execute cmd > Enter.
  2. Enter Code In Command Prompt: Type shutdown/s > Enter.
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The Run Method

All I did was launch the Run menu and execute the code, Shutdown โ€“s. Take care of the space or copy the code as it is to ensure it works for you. 

Note: An alert will appear informing you that your computer is about to shut down.

Win + L

On some systems, pressing Windows Key + L locks the computer. Next, click on the Power symbol and choose to Shut Down the computer from the mini-menu.

Ctrl + Esc

Ctrl + Esc opens the Start menu. Use the arrow keys to navigate the Power options and proceed to Shut Down.


All these previously discussed methods are applied to Windows users. If you are a Mac user, do not worry; there are some keyboard shortcut keys for you guys.

Option + Command + Power Button

This combination brings up a dialog box with options to Restart, Sleep, or Shut Down your Mac. Select Shut Down.

Control + Option + Command + Power Button

On some older Mac keyboards that have an Eject key, you can use this shortcut to bring up the same dialog box for Restart, Sleep, or Shut Down.

Control + Command + Power Button

Hitting Control + Command + Power keys simultaneously to power off the Mac. However, this combination will force your Mac to shut down immediately without showing any confirmation dialog.

WARNING: Be cautious when using this, as it doesn’t allow you to save any unsaved work.

End Note

I tested each shortcut, and all worked effectively in powering off my PC. It can be helpful when your cursor is not responding or if the mouse suddenly stops working.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe To Shut Down PC With A Keyboard?

It is completely safe to do so, just remember to save any work you might have in progress.

Can I Customize The Keyboard Shortcut For Shutting Down My PC?

Keyboard shortcuts are pre-determined, and you may not be able to customize them in either Windows or Mac.

Which Shortcut Shuts Down The PC Instantly In Mac?

Ctrl + Command + Power instantly powers down the Mac.

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