You bought a PC with Windows 11 and, coming from an old computer with Windows 7, you were intrigued by the many innovations present in this operating system, including the more technical ones regarding, for example, the shutdown of the PC. Well, you are right to be interested in these aspects and, indeed, if I may allow you, I would like to help you understand something more.
In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you in detail how to shut down windows 11 using the settings built into this version of the Microsoft operating system. In addition, I will provide you with some suggestions both for scheduling the shutdown of the PC and for forcing it in case something goes wrong and the system does not respond to your commands.
How do you say? Is this exactly what you were looking for? So let’s not waste any more precious time and let’s get to work right away! Sit comfortably in front of your PC and carefully read the instructions I am about to give you. I’m sure that, eventually, you will understand the subject and you will realize that it is a piece of cake. Enjoy the reading!
How to shut down windows 11 computer
If you want to know how to shut down pc windows 11, not permanently but so that the computer remains in a kind of sleep, you can use the built-in functionality of the operating system. Specifically, the PC will keep the session in RAM so that you can continue working from where you left off when you turn on the device again, lowering energy consumption to a minimum (although not completely turning everything off, unlike what happens with hibernation) .
What you have to do is press on thewindows icon on the taskbar and click on the off button found in the lower right corner of the screen start. In the box that appears, press the button Suspend to complete the operation.
Once this is done, your computer will shut down after a few seconds, keeping the PC session in hibernation and ready to be resumed when restarted. To turn on the PC, all you have to do is press any key on the keyboard.
How to shut down Windows 11 completely
If you don’t want to suspend your PC but want to shut down Windows 11 completelyyou must then use the shutdown feature.
To do this, click on thewindows icon that you find in the application bar and then press on shutdown key attached to the menu startjust in the lower right corner of the screen.
Once this is done, click on the entry Shut down the system that you find in the box you are viewing, to immediately initiate a complete shutdown of the operating system.
By doing so, the computer will have shut down and all active sessions will be closed. In this way, proceeding again with turning on the PC through his physical power buttonthe PC will start a new session.
Alternatively, on the desktop screen, without having any software screens in the foreground, press the key combination Alt+F4 to open the panel End of work session. From the appropriate menu, select the item Shut down the system and press the button Okay to complete the operation.
How to force shutdown windows 11
If your PC crashed or some software prevents you from using some Windows features, one solution you can put into practice is to force shutdown windows 11.
You can do this in several ways to do this. The first, the simplest one, consists in forcibly shutting down the PC using its physical button. Therefore, keep the pressure of the physical on/off button computer to shut it down immediately.
Alternatively, you can force shutdown by accessing the work session management menu screen: use the key combination Ctrl+Alt+Del to access that section and then click on stop button bottom right; in the box that appears, select the item Shut down the system to shut down the PC.
How to schedule shutdown windows 11
Do you want schedule shutdown of your PC Windows 11 so that it stops after some time? In this case, the solution you can put into practice is to use the command shutdown.
To do this, press the key combination Win+R and, in the screen Run that is shown to you, type the string
shutdown -s -f -t [tempo in secondi]. This command must therefore be followed by the parameter -s, which indicates PC shutdown; the parameter -f indicates force closing of any running window or process, while -t [tempo in secondi] is the delay before the computer shuts down.
For example, typing the string
shutdown -s -f -t 3600your PC will be force shut down within 3600 secondsthat is 1 hour from the execution of the command. You can interrupt the scheduled shutdown at any time by typing on the screen Run the command
If you want to know more about scheduled shutdown of Windows 11 and any scripts to run with a click or schedule shutdown at pre-set times, you can consult my tutorial dedicated to the subject.
How to turn off screen windows 11
In case you intend to turn off windows 11 screenso that the PC actually stays on, but the monitor turns off perhaps to reduce energy consumption, what you can do is act on the power settings.
To do this, launch the Windows 11 Settings panel by clicking on thegear icon that you find in the menu start. On the screen that appears, then select the card System from the sidebar and then press on the entry Stop.
In the new section that appears, expand the entry Screen and suspension and then select any idle time interval that you find in the drop-down menu If plugged in, turn off screen after. The changes will immediately apply and the screen will turn off after the selected interval of inactivity from the PC.
Alternatively, in some notebooks, you can press key combinations Fn+F7 (the key with the icon of a monitor with an “X”) to turn off the monitor instantly.
Finally, if you want to turn off the PC monitor via a shortcut in file BATexecutable simply by double-clicking on the file, you must first open the Block notes of windows. Once this is done, type the following code.
powershell (Add-Type '[DllImport(\“user32.dll\”)]^public static extern int SendMessage(int hWnd, int hMsg, int wParam, int lParam);' -Name a -Pas)::SendMessage(-1,0x0112,0xF170,2)
At this point, save the file, through the menu items File > Save Aschoose the destination folder and then type the file nametaking care to indicate the extension .bat.
Now double click on the BAT file to turn off the monitor. By doing this, you won’t need to install any software to achieve your goal! Convenient, right?
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and takes care of the technological section of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he simply answers thousands of computer-related questions. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.