Computers, Laptops & Tablets Microsoft How to Shut Down Windows 10 All the ways to reboot or restart a Windows 10 computer by Robert Earl Wells III Writer Robert Wells is a professional writer and amateur game developer. His specialties include web development, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity. our editorial process LinkedIn Robert Earl Wells III Updated on April 30, 2020 Microsoft Microsoft Apple Google Tablets Accessories & Hardware Tweet Share Email When you can't shut down Windows the normal way, there are a number of alternative methods for turning off your system. To fully shutdown Windows 10, you must restart your PC, but there are several ways to restart or reboot Windows. Here's what you should know. These instructions apply to Windows 10 PCs and tablets, but some devices may not support every shutdown method. Shut Down Windows 10 From the Start Menu The easiest way to shut down your PC is from the Windows 10 Start Menu: Select the Start Menu. Select the Power icon. Select Shut down from the pop-up menu. Shut Down Windows 10 From the Power User Menu The Power User Menu contains several advanced options, one of which is to shut down your computer: Right-click the Start Menu. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Window Key+X to open the Power User Menu. Select Shut down or sign out. Select Shut down in the new menu that appears. Shut Down Windows 10 From the Sign-In Screen You can shut down your PC from the log-in screen that appears when you switch users in Windows 10. Select the Power icon in the bottom-right of the screen, then select Shut down from the pop-up menu. Microsoft Shut Down Windows 10 From the Windows Security Menu Another option is to use the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut and enter the Windows Security options: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard shortcut to open the Windows Security menu. Select the Power icon in the bottom-right corner. Microsoft Select Shut down from the pop-up menu. If you're using Windows 10 on a tablet, hold down the Windows button and press the power button to bring up the Windows Security menu. Shut Down Windows 10 With Alt+F4 The option to shutdown your computer using the Alt keys is a holdover from previous versions of Windows. Select or tap an empty space on your desktop to make sure nothing is selected, then press Alt+F4. Select Shut down from the drop-down menu. Select OK to confirm you want to shut your system down. Shut Down Using the Windows 10 Shutdown Command It's possible to shut down Windows 10 from the Command Prompt using the Windows shutdown command: Right-click the Start Menu. Select Windows PowerShell to open the Windows Command Prompt. Type the following command, then press Enter: shutdown /s To restart Windows, enter shutdown /r. You can also use the PowerShell commands Stop-Computer and Restart-Computer. Shut Down Windows 10 With SlideToShutDown You can manually shut down Windows using the SlideToShutDown feature by opening the Windows file explorer and navigating to C:\Windows\System32. Once there, scroll down and double-click SlideToShutDown.exe. A fast way to find this option is to enter SlideToShutDown in the search box in the right corner of your File Explorer window. Using your finger or mouse, pull down the Slide to shut down your PC area that takes up the top part of your screen. Rather than having to navigate to this option each time you want to use it, you can create a Windows shortcut to add the SlideToShutDown option to your desktop. Shut Down Windows 10 by Holding Down the Power Button If your screen is frozen, your only option is to hold down the power button on your device until it shuts down. How to Restart Windows 10 When you shut down your PC, Windows 10 uses a feature called Fast Startup to store some data in order to boot faster the next time you turn it on. If you're experiencing technical problems, such as malfunctioning device drivers, you should restart Windows to perform a full shutdown and see if that fixes the problem. The easiest way to restart Windows is to select Start > Power > Restart. Windows 10 Sleep and Hibernate Closing the lid on your laptop, pressing the power button once, or leaving the computer alone for a period of time will put your computer into sleep mode. When in sleep mode, the current state of your PC is saved, so you can resume your session by pressing the power button. Another way to put your computer to sleep is to open the Start Menu, then select Power > Sleep.