Shutdown PC(turn off) your Windows Computer Correctly

Shutting down a PC means safely exiting the operating system, preventing hardware damage. To Shutdown PC or to Turn Off PC in Windows, click on Start button on taskbar then Power button and then click on Shut down.

You can use Shutdown PC to stop background apps, fix crashes, and reboot drivers correctly. Normal shutdowns enable the computer to do self-tests, clear the RAM, and notify you of any minor software updates.

How to Shutdown PC(turn off) in Windows?

The process of shutting down a computer might vary slightly depending on the version of Windows you’re using. Windows also allows you to Automatically Shutdown PC. Following are the quick steps to shut down your PC in Windows 11,10,8,7,XP and Vista:

  • Click the “Start” button (Windows icon) on the taskbar.
  • Click on the “Power” icon or the “Lock” button at the bottom of the Start menu.
  • Select “Shut down” OR “Turn Off Computer” from the options provided.

Use Shortcut Keys to Shutdown PC

Following are the some shortcut keys that you can use to shutdown your computer:

  1. Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” simultaneously.
    Click the power icon in the lower-right corner and select “Shut down.”
  2. Alt + F4 Method : Press and hold the “Alt” and F4 key.
    Then from the dialog box, select “Shut Down” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Win + X (Windows 8/10): Press the “Windows” key and “X” simultaneously to open the Quick Link menu.
    Select “Shut down.”
  4. Alt + F4 on Desktop (Windows Vista): On the desktop, press and hold the “Alt” and “F4” key.
    In the dropdown menu, select “Shut Down.”

How to Turn Off PC using Command Prompt?

Open the Run dialog box by following steps:

  • Press Win + R on your keyboard.
  • Type “cmd” or “cmd.exe”
  • Press Enter.

Type the command “shutdown /s /f /t 0” in your prompt window.
Press Enter.

Turn Off PC using Command Prompt
  • /s: Initiates the shutdown process.
  • /f: Forces running applications to close.
  • /t 0: Sets the time delay to 0 seconds, so the shutdown occurs immediately.

Quick steps to Shutdown PC in MacOS

  • Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select “Shut Down” from the dropdown menu.