How to Shutdown Windows with Your Eyes Closed


It seems inevitable. At some point, you get into a situation where you need to shutdown Windows without a display or a mouse. Maybe your laptop screen has failed or your  display driver is problematic. Or perhaps, you need to drive some automation to shutdown Windows. This little trick will allow you to shutdown Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10 from the keyboard.

Picture of the Windows logo key+d, Alt+F4, Enter Method

This method works on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. I prefer this method since it works on the most versions of Windows. Here’s how this method works.

  1. The Window Key+d shortcut displays the desktop.
  2. The Alt+F4 shortcut closes the active window.  In this case, since the active window is the desktop, you will get the Shut Down Windows dialog.image
  3. The default option is to shut down. Therefore, you can press the Enter key to shut down Windows.

Picture of the Windows logo key+x, u, u Method

This method only works on Windows 8 or greater. It requires the Start shortcut menu that was introduced in Windows 8. Here’s how this method works.

  1. The Window key+x shortcut displays the Start menu shortcut menu.image
  2. Pressing u will select the “Shut down or sign out” option.image
  3. Pressing u a second time will select “Shut down” option and Windows will shut down.
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