Keyboard Short Cut to "ShutDown/Restart/Hibernate" Window

By Muhammad Taqi Hassan Bukhari Oct 13, 2013
Windows power options (Shutdown, Restart & Hibernate) are available via the start button (in Windows 7) & from the Charms bar (in Windows 8), but you can also create hot-keys for them easily.


1. Right-click on desktop and select New and then Shortcut.

2. In the dialog that appears, type shutdown and click Next.

3. Type the name of the shortcut and click Finish. Your shortcut is now on your desktop.

4. Now, Right-click on it and select Properties.

5. In the properties dialog, select the Shortcut tab.

6. In the Shortcut key field, press your desired combination of keys and click OK.

Your shortcut is ready. Now, if you press those hot-keys, your computer will shutdown.

If you do not need the shortcut to be present on your desktop:

  • Right click on the shortcut, and click Properties.
  • In General tab, check Hidden. This will make this shortcut disappear from your desktop.


Follow the same procedure, except in step 2, type shutdown /r


Follow the same procedure, except in step 2, type shutdown /h

Muhammad Taqi Hassan Bukhari

Muhammad Taqi Hassan Bukhari is a Computer Science Student from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He is doing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is an active member of C# Corner.