In Windows 8.1, is it possible to shut down or restart the computer using only the keyboard?

When you click the Windows key on the keyboard, on the overlay you get a nice search box. Typing in "restart" or "turn off" gives you an option called "Turn off your PC". When you click that you get a sidebar called "Settings"... which does not make much sense to me, but okay.

Anyway, what I was thinking was, click Windows key on keyboard, type "restart" and hit enter. That does not seem to work, so is there maybe a program/plugin/something that can be installed, or maybe a setting that can be enabled, to make this happen?

  • take a look here for the commands, specifically the shutdown.exe which is still valid for win8.1 superuser.com/questions/674087/… – Psycogeek May 13 '15 at 8:53
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    If all you want to do is speed up these operations, simply create shortcuts to shutdown.exe with the appropriate arguments and assign keyboard shortcuts to them. Ctrl+Alt+S/R = boom, PC shuts down or restarts. – Karan May 14 '15 at 5:45

Windows key + x should show you the option "shut down or sign out"

This the equivalent of rightclicking the start button.

  • Win + X and then U, U to shut down, and U, R to restart. – Sverri M. Olsen May 13 '15 at 9:55

Use Alt+F4 to get to a shutdown dialog.

  • +1 I always forget Alt + F4 does more than close programs. – Ctrl-alt-dlt May 13 '15 at 8:50
  • As this also closes windows, it only works if there are no windows open/everything is minimized. Good answer, though. – Sverri M. Olsen May 13 '15 at 9:57
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    @SverriM.Olsen You can Alt+Tab (or Windows+D) to the Desktop then Alt+F4. – Andrew Morton May 13 '15 at 10:13

You could do 'win +r' > type 'cmd' > type 'shutdown /s'

All from the keyboard and probably could be done in 15-20s

  • I am not shy about using the command line, but this seems like a somewhat "hacky" way of doing it. – Sverri M. Olsen May 13 '15 at 9:59

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