Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard

Keyboard ShortcutsDid you know that there are built in keyboard shortcuts that you can use to shutdown, sleep, restart or logoff your Windows computer?  Well, there are, and they are good to remember in the event the mouse becomes unresponsive. The keyboard shortcuts differ between Windows XP and Windows Vista/Windows 7; however, the initial key press for all of these shortcuts commands are dependent on the Windows key (which is located to the left of the spacebar that displays the Windows Logo on the key).

For Windows XP:

SHUTDOWN – press the WINDOWS KEY and the letter “U” twice

RESTART – press the WINDOWS KEY, then the letter  “U” once and  then the letter “R” once

LOGOFF – press the WINDOWS KEY and the letter  “L” twice

SLEEP – press the WINDOWS KEY and the letter “U” once and the letter “S” once

For Windows Vista/Windows 7:

SHUTDOWN – press the WINDOWS KEY, then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “U” to shut down

RESTART – press the WINDOWS KEY, then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “R”

LOGOFF – press the WINDOWS KEY then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “L”

SLEEP – press the WINDOWS KEY, then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “S”

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12 Responses to Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard

  1. pochp says:

    Where in the world did you get this from!?

    Just recently, I tried a great new program named CamStudio but something went wrong with full screen capture and I in panic, took about 5 minutes before I got back my desktop. You’ve just provided a great solution when something like this happens. Thanks Rick!

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Pochp,

      Where did I get these keyboard shortcuts from? The thought crossed my mind and I started doing some research on it and voila’, I found information on it. Glad you enjoyed it.

      Rick

  2. Bill Mullins says:

    Rick,

    It’s been a while since I’ve had to deal with an unresponsive mouse, but I sure remember the frustration. I added your super tips to my “[i]what do I do now?[/i]” book I keep on my desk.

    thanks.

    Bill

  3. Rarst says:

    Not that these rely on underlined letters in menu items and so specific to English version of Windows.

    More generic way of getting to shutdown dialog is pressing Alt+F4 couple times – that will close active windows until you hit desktop and then it will give you shutdown options.

  4. Pathan Ajaz says:

    How To Shut down Computer Using Keuyboard But only Use Two Key From The Key Board not Treee Like

    Altr+F4 Then Press U
    Press Windowkey & Type U Twice

    Please If U have Anser Mail IT

  5. raheel slaman says:

    thanks man

  6. Eep says:

    Window+L (only once is suffice) switches users, not logs off.

  7. ale says:

    Great tips. Thank you

  8. infocoisas says:

    I have a multimedia keyboard. There’s a sun and a moon button. Can I use it to restart the pc?

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