This post shows students and new users the steps to shut down or shut down a Windows 11 PC. There are several ways to shut down a Windows PC and they all work fine. Some work fine in certain situations, but they all accomplish the same goal: shutting down or stopping the Windows PC.

For example, if your Windows PC is stuck and not responding to keyboard or mouse commands, in many cases simply pressing the power button to turn it off will not hurt. Other times, when you’re in a rush, pressing the power button once will put the PC to sleep or start an automatic shutdown process. This behavior can be changed in Control Panel.

So, whatever method you use to shut down a Windows PC, you’ll want to choose a shutdown method that works best for you. Ah, unless in extreme cases, it is not recommended to turn off your PC with the power button. If you have files and processes running, your work and sessions will not be saved when you close this way.

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

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading posts about it.

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

How to shut down a Windows PC from the Start menu

The normal and most common way to shut down or shut down 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 turn off, click the Start button on the taskbar, then select the power button iconand click To turn off as highlighted below.

You can also right-click on the Start button then click Shut down or log out and select To turn off to shut down your computer.

How to shut down a Windows PC using keyboard shortcuts

As we mentioned earlier, there are several ways to shut down or shut down a Windows 11 PC. You can use keyboard shortcuts to open the shutdown command.

press the ALT + F4 keyboard keys to open the Windows shutdown dialog box. Then select To turn off options.

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

Shut down Windows 11 from the command line

If you prefer to use the Windows comment prompt, just open it and run the following commands to shut down your PC.

shutdown /s

Shut down Windows 11 with the PC power button

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

Hopefully, these shutdown methods will help you shut down your computer.


In this tutorial we have seen how to shut down a Windows 11 PC. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.

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