How to shut down a computer
Shutting down a computer allows the computer to close all open programs and exit the operating system, so nothing is running when the computer turns off. Below are the steps on how you can shut down your computer based off the operating system you are running on the computer. If you are not sure what operating system you are using see our steps on determining a computer operating system.
Note: If computer is frozen, see our what to do when computer freezes document for steps on shutting down a frozen computer.
Shut down in Windows 10
- Press the Windows key on the keyboard or click the Start button,
- Click the Power option and click Shut down.
From the Windows Desktop, press Alt + F4 to get the Shut Down Windows screen shown below.
Shut down in Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows 8 and 8.1
Neither of these versions of Windows has the Start Menu. However, with the 8.1 update, Microsoft added the power options button to the upper right-hand corner of the Start screen that allows users to restart their computer quickly. Click the power options icon (squared in red in the image to the right) and select Restart from the drop-down menu that appears.
From the Desktop press Alt + F4 to get the Shut Down Windows screen.
Shut down in Windows Vista and Windows 7
From the Windows Desktop, press Alt + F4 to get the Shut Down Windows screen and select Shut down.
Shut down in Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, and XP
- Press the Windows key on the keyboard or click the Start button.
- From the Start Menu, click Shut Down...
MS-DOS and Windows command line
To shut down a computer from the Windows command line use the shutdown command.
Shut down in a Chromebook
To shut down your Chromebook follow the steps below.
- Click the Time in the bottom right corner of the shelf
- Click the Power button icon.
Shut down in Apple Mac OS
- Click the Apple Menu icon in the top left corner of the screen.
- In the Apple Menu, click Shut Down...