When you finish your Windows 10 session, and you need to either close your device or restart it because of a software update, Windows 10 offers many options to do so. No matter the reason, we’ll show you ten different ways you can shut down or restart your Windows 10 device. The number of options doesn’t mean that this is a tricky task. We offer the list so that you can choose what works best for you. Let’s take a look at these options:
1. Shut down or restart Windows 10 using the Start Menu
The simplest and most basic method of closing down Windows 10 is by using the Start Menu, which is the default option in the latest Microsoft operating system. To do this, first open the Start Menu by clicking or tapping the Windows button on the bottom left corner of the screen. Then, click or tap the Power button. From the options that appear choose Restart to reboot the device or Shut down to shut it down completely.
If the Start Menu is set to fullscreen mode, or if you’re using Windows 10 in tablet mode, things look a bit different, but you still need to tap the same Start button to access the Start Menu and open its Power sub-menu.
2. Shut down or restart Windows 10 using the WinX menu
You can also access the power user menu, also known as the WinX menu, by pressing the Windows + X keys on your keyboard, or by right-clicking (long pressing) on the Windows button from the bottom-left corner of your desktop. On the WinX menu, press “Shut down or sign out” to access Shut down or Restart.
3. Shut down or restart Windows using “Alt + F4”
Whenever the focus in Windows 10 is on the desktop, you can press the Alt + F4 keys on your keyboard to open the shutdown menu. In the Shut Down Windows dialog window, you can open the drop-down list to choose whether to shut down, restart or put the device to sleep.
You can also log out from your user profile or switch to a different one. Select the option you want, and click or tap OK to confirm it.
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4. Shut down or restart Windows 10 using the “shutdown” command
If you like using command line interfaces for everything you do, you can also use Command Prompt or PowerShell to close Windows 10. You can execute the same command from a Run window. Open a Command Prompt, PowerShell or Run window, and type the command “shutdown /s” (without quotation marks) and press Enter on your keyboard to shut down your device.
In a few seconds, Windows 10 shuts down, and it is displaying a window that tells you that it is going to “shut down in less than a minute.” Please note that closing this window does not stop the shutdown process.
Change the parameter of the command from /s to /r (“shutdown /r”), and the Windows 10 device restarts instead of just shutting down. The command displays the same warning window as above (“You’re about to be signed out”).
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5. Shut down or restart Windows using the PowerShell “Stop-Computer” and “Restart-Computer” commands
PowerShell has its commands, also known as cmdlets, to shut down or restart a Windows 10 device. “Stop-Computer” shuts down the Windows 10 system.