How do I restart Windows 7 using just three keys on the keyboard (for a blind person)?
This was possible in Windows XP (Win key, u, and then Enter). This doesn't work in Windows 7.
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It's not exactly three keys, but three steps:
From the desktop, Alt + F4 (opens Shut Down Windows dialogue). (If you're not at the desktop, first do + D).
R (Goes to "Restart")
If your user needs audible confirmation, just make sure that the sound is turned on and there is a Windows Logoff sound enabled. This way they will know they successfully shut down.
You can create your own keyboard shortcut in Windows 7.
Start by right clicking on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
In the first textbox that appears, type
Shutdown -r -t 00. Click next and name the shortcut
Finish. Now you can double click the shortcut and the computer will restart.
To add a keyboard shortcut, you right click on your created shortcut on the desktop and select
Properties. In the shortcut tab, click in the shortcut key textbox and enter your shortcut.
Apply and you're done.
Note: Binding the Windows key doesn't seem to work
You can also press the following key sequence (release after every individual key):
WinRight ArrowRight ArrowUp ArrowEnter
You can use AutoHotKey to do it.
AutoHotkey is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software utility that allows users to automate repetitive tasks in Microsoft Windows. Any application user interface can be modified by AutoHotkey (for example, overriding the default Windows control key commands with their Emacs equivalents). It is driven by a custom scripting language that is aimed specifically at providing keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys.
You can send the shutdown to any key or combination of keys you would like.
For example, if you have a multimedia keyboard, you could add this to the default script:
Media_Stop::"Shutdown -r -t 00"
This would make the
Stop key on the multimedia keyboard reboot the PC.
You could also do key combos as well, its all well documented and easy to follow.
Below would be the script to make Ctrl-Win-C reboot the PC:
^#c::"Shutdown -r -t 00"
You can do this in 2 key strokes, beating the tiring long winded 3 step approach of the dark ages (although I admit, this has to be set up first!)! And you don't have to install any third party software!
Create a batch file with the restart command. Open notepad and type in
shutdown -r -f -t 1
Save it to your computer with the .BAT extension (EG restart.bat).
Create a shortcut to your batch file... Edit the shortcut property and change target to something like: cmd.exe /C "path-to-your-batch". to make it possible to pin it.
Now, drag the shortcut into the task bar and leave it beside the start menu. Now, press the + 1. That's it (Screen shot below, see the black console icons with the C:).
You could also create another bat file for shutdown with the following
shutdown -s -f -t 1
Again, drag it to the left of the restart bat file, and press + 2
Screen shot showing the task bar, with the first graphic for restart, and the second for shutdown.
Windows Key + R, 'shutdown /r', Enter
C:\Users\Chloe\>shutdown /? Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e | /o] [/hybrid] [/f] [/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]] No args Display help. This is the same as typing /?. /? Display help. This is the same as not typing any options. /i Display the graphical user interface (GUI). This must be the first option. /l Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options. /s Shutdown the computer. /r Full shutdown and restart the computer. /g Full shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is rebooted, restart any registered applications. /a Abort a system shutdown. This can only be used during the time-out period. /p Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning. Can be used with /d and /f options. /h Hibernate the local computer. Can be used with the /f option. /hybrid Performs a shutdown of the computer and prepares it for fast startup. Must be used with /s option. /e Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer. /o Go to the advanced boot options menu and restart the computer. Must be used with /r option. /m \\computer Specify the target computer. /t xxx Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds. The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30. If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is implied. /c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown. Maximum of 512 characters allowed. /f Force running applications to close without forewarning users. The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is specified for the /t parameter. /d [p|u:]xx:yy Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown. p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned. u indicates that the reason is user defined. If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is unplanned. xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256). yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).