How to Shut Down a Windows 11 PC

This post shows students and new users steps to turn off or shutdown a PC running Windows 11. There are multiple ways to shutdown a Windows PC and all of them work well. Some work well in certain situations, but they all accomplish the same goal: to shutdown or stop Windows PC.

For example, if your Windows PC is stuck and not responding to keyboard or mouse commands, simply pressing the power button to shutdown won’t hurt in many cases. Other times, when in rush, pushing the power button once will either put the PC to sleep or begin an automatic shutdown process. This behavior can be changed in the Control Panel.

So, whatever method you use to shutdown a Windows PC, you’ll want to pick a shutdown method that works best for you. Oh, unless in extreme cases, shutting down your PC using the power button is not recommended. If you have files and processes running, your work and sessions will not be saved when you shutdown this way.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

When you’re ready to learn how to shutdown a Windows 11 PC, follow the steps below.

How to turn off a Windows PC from the Start menu

The normal and more common way to shutdown or turn off a Windows 11 PC is from the Start menu. The Start menu is a button on the Taskbar in the middle of your screen.

To shutdown, click on the Start button on the Taskbar, then select the power button icon, and click Shutdown as highlighted below.

You can also right-click on the Start button then click Shut down or sign out and select Shutdown to shutdown your computer.

How to shutdown a Windows PC using keyboard shortcuts

As we mentioned above, there are multiple ways to shutdown or turn off a Windows 11 PC. You can use keyboard shortcuts to bring up the shutdown command.

Press the ALT + F4 keys on your keyboard to bring up the shutdown windows dialog box. Then select Shut down from the options.

Or press the CTRL + ALT + DEL keys on your keyboard to bring up other command options, then click on the power button icon at the bottom right to shutdown you computer.

Shutdown Windows 11 from command line

If you prefer to use Windows comment prompt, simply open it and run the commands below to shutdown your PC.

shutdown /s

Shutdown Windows 11 using PC Power button

If all the shutdown methods above fail, simply hold down the power button for up to 20 seconds to shutdown your PC. If that also fails, well, then pull the power plug from the wall (LOL).

Hopefully these shutdown methods help you get your computer turned off.


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