A Windows computer allows you allows you to Shut down Lock, Switch User, Sign Out, Log off, Hibernate or Sleep using keyboard shortcuts. In Windows 7 you can do so via the Start Menu. In Windows 8, you had to do so via the Charms Bar. In Windows 8.1, you can do so via the Charms Bar as well as the WinX Menu. Many still, prefer to use our freeware HotShut. While you can always create Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Suspend Shortcuts, in this post we will see how to use keyboard shortcuts to Shut down or Lock Windows computer.
Shut down or Lock Windows using keyboard shortcut
Windows offers over 10 ways to shut down the computer, To use keyboard shortcuts, you have to be on the desktop. Else press WIN+D or click on ‘Show Desktop’ in Windows 7 Quick Launch or Windows 8 right side corner.
Now Press ALT+F4 keys and you will be immediately presented with the Shutdown dialog box.
Select an option with the arrow keys & press Enter. If you wish, you can also create a shortcut to open Windows Shut Down Dialog Box.
To lock your Windows computer using the keyboard shortcut, press the WIN+L key.
Hope this helps!