11 Ways to Completely Shut Down A Windows 10 PC

This is the complete guide to shutting down Windows 10 on your PC’s and tablets.

And, the steps below-mentioned are SUPER SIMPLE!

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Shut Down Windows 10 From the Start Menu 

Start Menu has been the standard of all the ways to shut down the Windows 10 on the computers.

Here’s how you can do this to shut your PC down.

  • Select the Start Menu.
  • Select the Power icon.

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(Don’t mind ‘Pink’ though!!!)

  • Click on this icon and then Select Shut down from the pop-up menu.

That’s it.

Shut Down Windows 10 From the Power User Menu

Power User Tasks Menu otherwise known as power user menu or Windows Tools Menu provides quick access to essential Windows features. It has the shortcuts to management, configuration, and other “power user” Windows tools.

Well, we don’t need to go into further details of it. So, lets keep up with the topic at hand.

Here’s how you can turn off the computer using the power user menu.

  • Right-click the Start Menu.

Alternatively, you can use the Keyboard shortcut Windows key+X to open the Power User Menu.

  • Select Shut down or sign out.
  • Select Shut down in the new menu that appears.

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Easy, right?

Shut Down Windows 10 From the Sign-In Screen

This is another way to shut down Windows 10.

One way to switch users in Windows 10 is to press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then select Switch user to switch to the lock screen.

  • Select the Power icon in the bottom-right corner of the sign-in screen. Then select Shut down from the pop-up menu.


6 Best Ways to Completely Shut Down Windows 10

Note: ‘If you’re using Windows 10 on a tablet, hold down the Windows button and press the power button to bring up the Windows Security Menu’.

Turn off Windows 10 With Alt+F4

This is again another option to shutdown windows 10 with the keyboard using the Alt keys.

Here’s how it’s done:

  • Tap on an empty space on your desktop and press Alt+F4.
  • Select Shut down from the drop-down menu.

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Close Down Windows 10 Using the Shutdown Command

This one might be a little delicate but it’s possible to shut down Windows 10 from the Command Prompt using the Windows Shutdown command.

It easy…

Here’s how you can do this:

  • Right-click the Start Menu.
  • Select Windows PowerShell to open the Windows Command Prompt.

6 Best Ways to Completely Shut Down Windows 10

  • Now, type in the following command and press Enter.
shutdown /s

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Tip: To restart Windows, enter shutdown /r.

Create a Batch File To Shut Down Windows

Now, if for example, the methods above have not worked (which for sure will do), then try doing this.

Also that this method would save yourself from the hassle of typing in the command every time by creating a batch file.

Here’s how you can do it.

  • Search for the Notepad using the Cortana Search box. Click on it.
  • Type in the following command.

shutdown /s /f /t 0

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  • Click on the File menu at the top and select the Save option. You’ll be saving it as an executable batch file on your PC.

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  • Now, it’s much better and accessible if you save the file to your desktop.
  • Enter a name for your file followed by a dot and then bat. Much like this “shutdown.bat.”
  • Choose All Files from the save as type box because you don’t want to save it as a text file.
  • Then, click the save button to save the file.

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To shutdown Windows 10, you have to right-click on the file and select ‘Run as administrator’ to closedown Windows 10.

Although, this step can be eliminated too.

You can in-fact set the file to always run as admin.

Here’s how:

  • Right-click on the file and select Send to followed by Desktop. It’ll create a shortcut on your Desktop.

6 Ways to Completely Shut Down Windows 10

Now, after that you have made a shortcut icon, it time to:

  • Right-click on the newly created shortcut and select Properties.
  • Ensure that you are inside the Shortcut tab and then click the Advanced button.
  • Checkmark Run as administrator and click on OK.

Hence, now every time you double-click the file, your Windows 10 would shutoff.

Pretty nice.

Use The Run Box To Shut Down Windows

Well, it’s another way to shut down Windows using the Run box.

  • Press the Windows + R keys at the same time to launch the Run dialog box.
  • Type in the following command and hit Enter.

shutdown /s /f /t 0

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Well, there are a few more ways to do the same process. In-case you have not yet shut down your Windows, continue with this article.

 Shut down Windows using the PowerShell “Stop-Computer” Command

You can use PowerShell to shutdown Windows 10 device by using the Command stated below:


stop windows 10

This would also force the shutdown of the Windows 10 system.

Use the “slidetoshutdown” Command to Shut down Windows 10

Try this one if all other methods have not worked.

This feature is, however, not a well-known feature of Windows – but works amazingly!

Here’s how you can do this.

  • Open up either the Command Prompt, a PowerShell or Run dialog box.
  • Then type in the following command:


Ways to Completely Shut Down Windows 10

  • Press ‘Enter’ or click ‘Ok’.

It would drop in your lock screen image from the top that covers half of your screen. Slide down to shutdown the system or press any key or slide the image upwards to cancel the shutdown.

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Shut down Windows 10 using the Power Button

Devices such as laptops or tablets running Windows 10 can also be shutdown using the Power button. It’s a faster way.

Here’s how you can do this.

  • Press and hold your device’s power button (the on/off button), which drops your lock screen.
  • Now, slide the screen down to shut down the device.

Use Simple Shutdown Scheduler to Shut down or restart Windows 10

If all other methods lets say don’t work, this might the solution to it.

Keep reading.

Here’s how you can do it.

  • Open the app and from the default tab named General, open the drop-down menu Immediate action. Select the desired action and press the Go button next to it.

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This will force shut down of Windows 10 – completely.


That’s a long list – to a full shutdown on Windows 10. The steps all mentioned above will also do a force shutdown on Windows 10.

So, it’s time to hear from you.

What step would you try first?

Or which method helped you shutdown the Windows 10.

Do let us know.

It would be GREAT.


Joe Warne
Joe Warne
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