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Nowadays on Windows 7, if I have no mouse on my computer I just press Win Button+->+Enter: enter image description here

This makes my computer shutdown without needing to use a mouse. However, on Windows 8, I need the mouse to open that charms menu on the right side of the screen, open the "Settings" tab -> "Power" -> Then choose for "Shut down", "Sleep" or "Restart":

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There is some keyboard shortcut to open these shutdown options on Windows 8 or another other way to do this without a mouse?

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perhaps set your power settings to have the power button on your machine shutdown the computer when pressed? just a thought. – Andre Apr 3 '12 at 18:47
Not enough reputation to answer, but here it is. Shutdown: Win+X, U, U. Restart: Win+X, U, R. Modify the last letter, based on the displayed submenu, for other functions such as sleep. Simple. – Jordan Morris Jan 5 '14 at 1:06

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Press Win+D to show the Desktop, then press Alt+F4 to show the shutdown dialog, and finally, press Enter to shut down.

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This option is tha best... – Leniel Macaferi Jun 12 '12 at 8:26
+1 Ridiculous, but the best that Win8 can do – Andomar Aug 19 '12 at 17:40
You can create a shortcut "C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0" – Rubistro Dec 6 '12 at 5:06
Unreliable. If you have desktop applications open, you will end up closing them instead. Shutdown: Win+X, U, U. Restart: Win+X, U, R. Modify the last letter, based on the displayed submenu, for other functions such as sleep. – Jordan Morris Jan 5 '14 at 1:07
@Saber: This is to shut down from the desktop, not Modern UI. If you’re in a M. UI window, press Win+D twice. Apart from that, please go ahead and post that as your own answer. =) – Ryan O'Hara Jan 5 '14 at 1:52

The easy, Win8-only way: Press Win+i, use the arrow keys to pick Power then enter.

The way that works even on NT 4: You can use the Win+R shortcut to open the "Run" dialogue. Windows has a builtin program, shutdown.exe, which can be used to shutdown (duh), logoff or reboot the computer. shutdown -r -t 0 will immediately start a reboot; shutdown -s -t 0 will immediately start a shutdown. See the output of shutdown /? to know the rest of the options.

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W8 does not have a start menu, so no it wont work. – Moab Apr 3 '12 at 14:45
The metro interface however can't locate shutdown when you type it there (0 results for Apps, 2 for Settings (just normal powercfg.cpl things), 5 results for files (which is in source code I have locally)). You can, however, input shutdown -r -t 0 in there and it'll work (tested with shutdown -r -t 60 and shutdown -a). – Kovensky Apr 4 '12 at 16:51
Win + I brings you directly to the settings bar. – Andrea Apr 5 '12 at 12:08
A quicker way is => windows key + D => alt F4 =>enter – user1308743 Aug 13 '12 at 16:41
This answer requires 14 keystrokes just to shut the computer down (11 if you use Win+I). In XP it was 3 keystrokes, in Win7 it was 3 or 4. Win+D, Alt+F4 is too awkward. Is there no easy way to shut down anymore? – Luke Nov 22 '12 at 21:38

Not exactly a shortcut, but a pretty fast way of doing this with only the keyboard would be to use Win+R, then either shutdown /s /t 0 to shutdown or shutdown /r /t 0 to reboot.

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This is my favorite method. :-) – Omnifarious May 1 '12 at 19:07
It would, but omitting the time flag makes the delay default to 30 seconds. – Marcks Thomas Aug 19 '12 at 22:55

Set your power settings to have the power button of your computer shut down your PC when pressed.

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My variation is to create a Metro tile which shuts down the machine, the benefit is you can tab to your tile, then press enter.

Start on the Windows 8 desktop, or in a new folder - anywhere except in the Start Menu folder!

Right-click, New, Shortcut.  Paste the instruction:

C:\windows\system32\shutdown /s /t 20 (remember the space between t and 20)

Name the shortcut after yourself, e.g. Guy's Shutdown, that way you will recognise it easily!

Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the crucial folder:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Paste your shortcut.  (In passing you can see it's not possible to create a new shortcut here)

It's reassuring to see your shortcut amongst the other Apps.

Return to the Metro UI start screen - Windows Key is the quickest way.

Tab, or use the arrow keys, to move to your shutdown tile, press enter.

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Ctrl+Alt+Del, Alt+S
Or use Shift+Tab twice and Enter and then use the arrow keys and Enter to choose Shutdown.

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Choose how exactly? – Oliver Salzburg Oct 22 '12 at 22:58
@Sensi, Wow, how did you know the Alt S shortcut? – Pacerier Apr 26 '15 at 23:39

Shutdown: Win+X, U, U.

Restart: Win+X, U, R.

Credit: User saber, from his/her comment on the original question above.

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Follow the steps in one of my articles to create your own tile in Windows 8.

  1. Go to %Appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  2. Right click > New > Shortcut
  3. Enter %windir%\system32\Shutdown.exe -s -t 0 as the location New Shortcut
  4. Give it a name and click Finish Finish
  5. Position the icon where you want it:
    Shutdown Metro


  1. Right click on the shortcut and select Properties
  2. Click the Change Icon... button. (There is a power button icon in %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll Shutdown icon

To add the shortcut to the All Apps group:

  1. In the shortcut properties, go to the Security tab
  2. Add All Application Packages and make sure the Read and Read & execute permissions are enabled

For more information, see

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Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Canadian Luke Sep 5 '12 at 17:48
Nice answer! I didn't know I could create shortcuts so easily. – Django Reinhardt Oct 28 '12 at 19:52

Options by default

Using the Windows 8 settings bar

Press Win+I, use the arrow keys to pick Power then Enter. Choose Shutdown or Restart then Enter.

(8 steps: Win+I, End, Up, Right, Enter, Up, Up, Enter)

Using the shutdown dialog, and hiding all programs

Pressing Alt+F4 closes most Windows programs. If you hide all programs first with Win+D, and activate the Desktop, Alt+F4 brings up the close Windows dialog. If you are in the Metro interface part of Windows 8, you must press Win+D one more time.

(3 or 4 steps: Win+D[, Win+D], Alt+F4, Enter)

Using the Run dialog

Since Windows XP you can use the Win+R shortcut to open the "Run" dialogue. Windows has a builtin program, shutdown.exe, which can be used to shutdown, logoff or reboot the computer. shutdown -r -t 0 will immediately start a reboot; shutdown -s -t 0 will immediately start a shutdown. See the output of shutdown /? to know the rest of the options. Commands like shutdown.exe -s -t 0 can also be typed or pasted and then executed in the Start screen.

(2 steps if previously and last used command: Win+R, Enter)

Using the Lock screen

You can press Win+L to access the Lock screen. There you can press Shift+Tab to highlight the power button, press Enter and you can select shutdown or reboot with the arrow buttons and then press Enter. You must wait a little before pressing Tab.

(6 steps: Win+L, Shift+Tab, Enter, Up, Up, Enter)

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This is the source code:

namespace power
    static class Program
        static void Main()

            DialogResult dialogResult = MessageBox.Show("Are you sure you want to shutdown your computer now?", "Shutdown", MessageBoxButtons.YesNo);
            if (dialogResult == DialogResult.Yes)
                Process.Start("shutdown.exe", "/s /t 0");

It's a small program in C# that displays a dialog to confirm if you want to shutdown your PC. Simply pin it to Start!

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More details might help. For one thing what does this program actually do? What's it based off? Could we have a better source link than a filelocker - some folk have issues with them, and if the link goes down, this answer is useless. The password protected rar also makes it harder for people to check the file without unzipping it. – Journeyman Geek Oct 24 '12 at 1:26
Hotfile? No. A password? No. Put it on and it might be received better... – Tanner Faulkner Oct 24 '12 at 1:37
You could do this really easily with VBScript: And it'll still let you set a custom icon. – Ryan O'Hara Oct 30 '12 at 14:38
+1 for sexy power icon – Luke Nov 26 '12 at 23:02
Well the link is down already... – Ian Stanway Feb 28 '13 at 11:46

Removed my consumer preview already so I can't check this.

On all other versions of Windows I just repeatedly press Alt+F4 until all windows are closed and the shutdown menu shows. Then I press Enter

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You can press win+i to directly bring up settings menu, you can do this at desktop or metro screen. Then just click on Power to reboot or shutdown (or use your keyboard's direction key to move the focus to Power and hit Enter). This is probably the fastest path to the power button, without writing your own script.

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With Windows 8.1 (or server 2012 R2) you can now right click on the start button or press Win + X and use the shutdown menu:

shutdown menu 8.1

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This has already been answered: – Pacerier Apr 26 '15 at 23:44

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