Windows, Right, Space: Shutdown in Windows 7

This is probably the most-frequently-asked keyboard question for Windows 7: How to use the keyboard to shutdown or restart.

If you have a laptop, it may have a sleep shortcut with something like Fn+F1, but this is how you can go about it universally:

  1. Press the Windows key. The Start menu appears.
  2. Press the Right Arrow key. The focus is now on the Shutdown button.
  3. The default action is to Shutdown. If you want to do that, you can just press Space and your system will begin shutting down immediately.
  4. If you want to restart, just press the Right Arrow again. The Shutdown menu appears. To Restart, press R. To choose any other action, press the underlined letter.

[Windows 7 shutdown dialog box]

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