Shut down may refer to any of the following:
1. Shut down is a term used to describe the process of closing all software programs in preparation to turn off a computer's power. The operating system is the last program to be closed as part of a computer's shut down process. It is highly recommended that all computers be properly shut down to help prevent data corruption. The picture shows examples of different Microsoft Windows shut down screens. In the top picture, Windows 7 displays a Shutting down message while it is shutting down. Early computers were not capable of turning themselves off, so Windows 98 displayed a message when it was safe to turn off the computer after doing a shut down.
When should I shut down?
When you and anyone else in your home or office is done with the computer we recommend that it be shut down. For example, you could shut down the computer before you go to sleep for the night.
Is it Shut down, shut down, or shutdown?
All forms of this word are correct. When describing an action or using the word as a verb use "shut down" in your writing. If you're describing the option in the Windows Start Menu use "Shut down." When using the word as an adjective, noun, or a command use "shutdown."
For example, the sentence "Instead of using the Start Menu Shut down option you could use the shutdown command to shut down the computer." uses all forms of this word.