Shutdown or Restart Windows 7 using keyboard keys only

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  1. Joan

    Amazing — works well! Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. Alon

    Using same trick, XP users can press the Windows Key, then release it, then press the Up Arrow key and finally Hit Enter !

    Thanks for the heads up, on this one!

  3. Davem

    The easy way: πŸ˜‰

    try this: Alt+f4(more times if other programs are still running) and hit enter.

  4. Corey Malone

    windows key + D
    then press alt + f4
    after using the arrows key to select action press enter

  5. Sitaram

    Ah!..I learned this when I started my internship.

    Let me give you some advanced(this works if you have machines has press ctrl+alt+del to login option set — most of the corporates will have it).

    * Press ctrl+alt+del
    * press “S” — this makes you to select “shutdown” option in ctrl+alt+del screen; no worry, it will not be shutdown right away
    * Now based on your choice, press “s”(for shutdown) or “R”(for restart) or “H”(for hibernate) and press enter

    If you want to shutdown/restart a system to which you connected through RDP, then use ctrl+alt+end instead of ctrl+alt+del in first step of above process.

    Sitaram Pamarthi

  6. Brenda Glaviano

    Corey malones advice worked best for me. If I held the windows key and d key down it started to shut down. Then I held down alt key and f4 key until small window popped up. Hitting s key scrolled thru shutdown,start, and sleep options. When shutdown came up hit enter. It worked. Thanks

  7. kemp

    to shutdown alt+f4 release then enter.. to restart alt+f4 release press R then enter

  8. Chandimal Harischandra

    any stupid knows it

  9. Susannah_L

    LOL – So did you know it – or not know it! πŸ˜€

  10. salini

    please send me window shutdown shortcut key besides thats shortcut key alt+f4 and win+u+u because these shortcuts not working in my pc alothouh my window is 2007 please i have requested you sir/mam my id have pls..plsss

  11. Abisha

    good work bro

  12. WinK Right Right R = Restart
    WinK Right Right W = Switch User
    WinK Right Right L = Logoff
    WinK Right Right O = Lock
    WinK Right Right S = Sleep

  13. anku pandey

    Anku Pandey

  14. anku pandey

    Anku Pandey
    Amazing_works t

  15. pavan

    Only for winXP

  16. Dr Nick Bailey

    If only this was possible on Windows 10. For some inane reason they’ve removed keyboard navigation from the “Start” menu.

  17. Zach

    This a great tip, thank you so much!

  18. Sharma ak

    Run : shutdown -s
    restart -r
    my simple way to shutdown or restart my win 7 pc

  19. Yoshix64

    More easy, just press the turn off button (configure it on power options).

  20. Colin

    Another shortcut that I use is this:
    Windows Key + Tab + Tab + Enter

    However, this only works in Windows 7, not any other Windows versions

  21. tt

    t’nseod ti on

  22. Barb Nelson

    Does this work if your system is frozen? In older OS’s Ctrl+Alt+Del always did the trick. Not in Win7.

  23. Paul Johnson

    Win key, right , right , “R”. Worked for me to restart.

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