Seven Methods to Turn Off a Windows 10 PC

When it comes time to turn off a Windows 10 PC, you might not know the best way to do it. But there’s more than one way to shut down your computer, and we will show you seven different methods that do the trick.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 30, 2021

When it comes time to turn off a Windows 10 PC, you might not know the best way to do it. But there’s more than one way to shut down your computer, and we will show you seven different methods that do the trick.

This is for Windows 10 devices

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If your PC is “stuck”, one of these methods should do the trick. I have a shutdown/restart process on this PC that runs every night at 10 pm. I find this very helpful in clearing out the cache and other files so that I have a “clean” PC every morning. Also, by doing this, your PC will perform better. We do not advise keeping your device running all the time. Its best to turn it off or shutdown/restart your PC ever so often. Let’s explore seven ways to turn off your PC.

Method 1 – Use the Power Button

Perhaps the easiest way to turn off your Windows PC is by pressing the power button. Years ago, you always had to shut down Windows within the software itself before flipping your PC’s power switch so that you did not lose any data. These days, PC power buttons are wired to send a signal to the operating system to begin a shutdown process when you push it. (Note! It is recommend that you hold down the button only for a few seconds to avoid shutdown problems). The button can also be configured to put your PC to sleep.

The only catch is that the power button on many laptops do not usually shut down the machine. Instead, it often puts the laptop to sleep or turns off the display. If that’s the case, you might be better off using a shutdown method as listed below. Refer to below image:

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Push this button, resembles HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey

Method 2 – Use Login Power Icon

On your Windows 10 login screen, click the power icon in lower right-hand corner. Next, click the Shut down option.

Method 3 – Use the Start Menu Icon

First, click the Start button, which is the Windows logo button in the left-hand corner of your screen.

Next, in the Start menu that pops up, select the Power icon in the left side of the menu. Next, click Shut down in the small secondary menu that appears. After a moment, all apps will close, and the PC will power off. See below image:

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Accessing Start Menu icon

Method 4 – Use Right-Click On Start Menu

You can also shut down your device from a hidden menu if you right-click the Start menu or press Windows+X on your keyboard.

After the menu is loaded, select Shut down or Sign out. Now, choose the Shut down option from the sub-menu. See following image:

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Using Right-Click on Start Menu

Method 5 – Use Ctrl-Alt-Del Keyboard Shortcut

If you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your keyboard, a special screen will appear that allows you to launch the Task Manager, Switch user, and more. You can turn off your PC from here, too. Like in Method 2, in the lower-right corner of the screen, click the Power icon and select Shut down in the menu. Refer to below image:

Using Ctrl-Alt-Del shortcut

Method 6 – Use Alt-F4 Keyboard Shortcut

In Windows, this shortcut usually closes the currently active window. But if you click the de3sktop (or minimize all windows) and press Alt+F4, a special Shut Down Windows box will appear. In the drop-down menu, select Shut down (although it’s usually selected by default), and then click OK. Your PC will shut down after that. See below image:

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Using Alt-F4 shortcut

Method 7 – Use the Command Prompt

If you prefer to do things from the Command Prompt, you can shut down from there as well. First, open the Start menu and type Command in the Cortana search box, and then hit Enter. In the search results at upper-right hand corner, click on Command Prompt. With the prompt open, type

shutdown /s

at the prompt and press Enter. You will see a warning pop-up that lets you know that Windows is about to shut down. After a minute, Windows will shut down fully and your PC will power off. See following image:

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Using Command Prompt

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How to Turn Off and Restart an iPhone

Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models.

Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models. Let’s explore how to turn off and on your device.

This is for the iPhone

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To help you turn off your iPhone, there are the different ways you can shut down an iPhone based on Apple’s assorted models. It all comes down to the position of the Sleep/Wake button and whether your iPhone is unlocked with a Passcode, Touch ID, or FaceID.

Sometimes you need to completely shut down your iPhone, perhaps to help with troubleshooting, or to save your battery life during a long period of inactivity, or the device is acting strangely. Fortunately, it’s easy to do.

What is Sleep Mode vs Shutting Down

Normally, when you briefly press the top or side button on your iPhone, the screen on your device turns off, but the iPhone stays running. This is called sleep mode or lock mode. While it turns off the screen, it does not completely power off the device.

In contrast, shutting down your iPhone starts a special software shutdown process where your iPhone cleans up and prepares for power-off. Then, your iPhone turns off completely.

Perform Hardware Shutdown

If you need to turn off your iPhone, the easiest way to do so is by using a hardware button on your device. How to do this varies slightly by model, since certain iPhones include different types of buttons:

  • On iPhones without a Home Button: Simultaneously hold the side button and the volume up or down button for about four seconds until the power-off slider appears on the screen.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Side Button: Hold the side button for a few seconds until the power-off slider appears.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Top Button: Press and hold the top button until the power-off slider appears.

Refer to below image:

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Apple

When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See below image:

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Hardware shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Perform Shutdown via Settings

First, open Settings on your iPhone. See following image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in the Settings app, tap General. Refer to below image:

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Accessing General option

Now, on the General page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Shut Down. See below image:

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Accessing Shut Down option

When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See following image:

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Software shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Restart

If you just powered off, waiting 10 seconds is a good rule of thumb before a restart.

For newer models, (12, 11, 10), press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

For iPhone SE (2nd generation), 8, 7, or 6, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo, then release the button.

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