Do you want to turn off your Windows 11 computer? There are many ways to do this. Each one works equally well, so choose the one that best suits you. The Power Button is located on your Tablet or PC.
Use the Power Button to Start
Right-click the Start Button
Use the Command Line
Use the Ctrl+Alt+Delete/Login Screen
RELATED: How to Turn On a Windows 11 or Windows 10 PCPress the Power Button on Your PC or TabletSuwan Waenlor/Shutterstock.comNo surprise here: It’s perfectly OK to turn off your PC using a physical power button on your device. Pushing the button once will put the computer to sleep or start an automatic shutdown process. This behavior can be changed in Control Panel. You can also use one of the software-guided shut down options below if your computer becomes unresponsive. Simply hold down the power button for between 5-10 seconds. This should be used only in an emergency, as it can lead to data loss. You don’t have to do this if you press the power button on your computer every now and then to shut it down. Click the power icon at the bottom of the Start menu. It looks like a circle with an upper vertical line. Click “Shut Down” in the menu that opens. Your computer will then begin the standard shutdown process. The menu will open. Click “Shut down or Sign Out” and then click “Shut down.” A “Shut Down Windows” window will open. Select “Shut Down Windows” from the drop-down menu. This is usually selected by default. Click “OK” or hit Enter to close the window. Windows will automatically shut down as normal. To do this, launch Windows Terminal (search for “terminal” in the Start menu), and then type shutdown /s on an empty line. Hit Enter to confirm. You can also shut down your computer from the Ctrl+Alt+Delete screen. You can shut down your Windows 11 PC by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete. Here’s how to turn your Windows 11 computer back on after it has been turned off.
Benj Edwards is an Associate Editor for How-To Geek. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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