How to Shutdown or Sleep Windows 10 With a Keyboard Shortcut

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Have you ever found yourself looking to turn your computer off or put it to sleep without a mouse handy? Windows has always offered the ability to turn off with just keyboard shortcuts, but who can remember them all?

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Here are the keyboard shortcuts you need to know to turn Windows 10 off, make it sleep, or restart it quickly and easily. Print it out, save it on your desktop, and let it burn into your brain so you can turn your PC off in a snap!

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  • Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then U again to turn off.
  • Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then R to restart.
  • Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then H to hybernate.
  • Press Windows key + X, followed by U, then S to sleep.

Are those shortcuts too many buttons for you? Well guess what, you can just hit the classic: ALT+F4. There’s also the another of the favorites: a double CTLR+ALT+DEL. 

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  1. Vinduja
    March 24, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Thnq so much

  2. Rishi
    February 19, 2019 at 11:56 am

    These shortcuts dont work on my laptop. Do I need to enable the shortcuts from somewhere first?

    • Brendan
      November 14, 2019 at 10:41 pm

      Rishi:
      These Shortcuts should work on any PC with Windows 10, it doesn't matter if it's a laptop or desktop PC.
      Remember to press the windows key + X simultaneously to open up the menu, then release the keys, then hit U and release it, then hit one of the keys U, R, H, or S for the action you want. You do not hold them down all at once or it won't work, they need to be pressed in sequence. You also need to be using Windows 10, otherwise it may not work.

  3. Corbin
    September 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you!

  4. Bryan
    July 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Windows button.. up arrowx3, enter

  5. Anthony Crain
    March 8, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    On windows 10, two ctrl+alt+del doesn't seem to work. The first brings up the normal cad screen, the second seems to have no effect.

    Alt+F4 only works if you have all windows minimized. So in normal use, first you have to do a minimize all, then the Alt+F4. So that's clumsy.

    Windows key+x, u, r seems the best choice, but is still clumsier than prior versions of windows: windows, right, enter.

  6. Robert Chase
    December 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Complete misrepresentation! You aren't describing "How to Shutdown or Sleep Windows 10 With a Keyboard Shortcut", you're providing a sequence of keystrokes (the first of which is a keyboard shortcut) that access the Windows power menu and then its options.

    • me
      January 20, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      yeah, that's what happens when I do that - I want a hotkey or combination that makes the device sleep right away! Otherwise why bother?

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  8. Greg
    August 9, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Just restating the bloody obvious

  9. paul wildman
    July 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    too complicated and doesnt work all the time thx anyway ciao paul

  10. paul wildman
    July 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    too complicated thx all the same doesnt work all the time ciao paul

  11. Leeroy Jenkins
    February 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    you said alt and f4 would work but how come it always makes my internet thing crash! it always makes it crash when I try to put it to sleep D:

    I'm joking.

  12. Legion
    February 4, 2017 at 12:26 am

    With W7 I use Hotkeybind - no messing about pressing multiple keys, I simply hit the key that's never used ('logical negation' key below escape on UK layout). On W10 Hotkeybind isn't stable, so I'm looking for another programme.

  13. Millies
    January 3, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Win-D (show desktop)
    Alt-4 (open "shut down windows"-window)
    Enter (to execute shutdown)

  14. Aaron Musk
    September 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks a million! I bookmarked you right away.

  15. Anonymous
    March 24, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    sleep mode: Fn and F2 at same time. Very easy.

    • QueNNch
      January 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      does not work on all computers, only certain laptops really...

  16. Anonymous
    March 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    ll

  17. Admiral Bacon McBaconface
    March 22, 2016 at 5:53 am

    tap windows+r then type shutdown /h to hibernate /s to shut off or /r to reboot

    same as I've been doing for a decade or more now.

  18. Mike Ellaby
    March 22, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Pressing the power button as Shahar says is the easiest and fastest way that's worked for the last 4 Windows operating systems.

    • Admiral Bacon McBaconface
      March 22, 2016 at 5:55 am

      some out-of-the-box PCs are pre-programmed for the power button to sleep or hibernate though...

  19. Anonymous
    March 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I click Windows > Power > ... It only took 5 seconds and safe.

  20. Yiannis Zorbas
    March 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

    ahahahha

  21. Shahar
    March 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Short press on power button does the trick just as well.

    • Anonymous
      March 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      True, but that's a one-trick pony (unless you reprogram the button...at which point it's still a one-trick pony).