How to shutdown and restart PC with a shortcut?

There are several ways you can shut down your personal computer, but most of them are tedious and involve more than one step. Now imagine if you are in a hurry, and you want to shut down by one click, what would you do? Honestly, you can’t do anything other than the tedious stepped steps. In this post, In this post, I will share how you can shutdown or restart Windows 10 using a shortcut. It will also work on ealier versions of Windows.

Methods available to shudtwon or restart Windows 10 Computer

  • Start > Power button > Restart or Shutdown.
  • ALT + F4 when on Desktop
  • Create a shortcut
  • By pressing the “Power” button on your cabinet

The first two methods are simple and work on every computer. However, the last two ways are going to make a difference if you are a power user.

How to Shutdown or Restart your computer with a shortcut?

How to Shutdown or restart your computer with a shortcut?

  • On your desktop make a right-click and then select New > Shortcut
  • For Type the location of the item type shutdown -r -t 0
  • Click Next, then enter a name, such as Restart PC

You can replace 0 (Zero) with any number. It signifies time. So if you make it 60, the computer will shut down in 60 seconds. It gives you enough time to save all your work if you accidentally clicked on it. That’s it. Whenever you double click the shortcut, your PC will automatically restart.

Note: If you want your PC to Shut down instead of restart, then change the “r” to an “s.” i.e., shutdown -s -t 0.

The more straightforward method would, however, be to press the restart button on the cabinet, but the cabinet may not be accessible all the time. If you are using a laptop, you can use it easily.

Related: How to abort an accidental system shutdown or restart

How to Shutdown using the power button?

How to Shutdown using the power button?

If you are not comfortable with using shortcuts, use the power button. Power Button is, most of the time, a big sized button. The usage is to do an instant shutdown, but you need to set up the function for the Power button to perform when pressed. If you are using a laptopor the cabinet is right next to you, it will work faster than shutdown or restart Windows using a shortcut.

The following steps can do this

  • Type WIN + R to open RUN prompt. Then type powercfg.cpl and press the Enter key.
  • Under Control Panel home link, look for another link which says—Choose what the power buttons do.
  • Click on the dropdown for both on battery and plugged in options, and select Shutdown.
  • Apply the changes.

By doing this, whenever you press the Power button on your cabinet, the computer shuts down. If your power button is not responding as expected, then its because the setting was incorrect. Most of the cabinets come with a restart and shutdown button, and if you want to change their action, change it through Power Configuration settings.


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