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Create a Shutdown Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 7

Malcolm asks:

I have just migrated from Win 2k to Win 7 and really miss being able to use the keyboard shortcut (Win+U) to do a shutdown of my system. However, I don’t see any way to do this in Win 7. I know I can click Start and then click Shut Down, but I rather like keyboard shortcuts … Is there any way of re-awakening this in Win 7? There also used to be shortcuts Restart, Sleep, etc.

There are probably other ways to accomplish this, but my suggestion is to create desktop shortcuts for those commands, and then generate the corresponding keyboard shortcuts. Since the process of creating those desktop shortcuts has already been explained in detail in an earlier WorldStart tip [1], I’m just going to explain how to add the keyboard shortcut.

Once you’ve created the desktop shortcut, right click on it, and select Properties.

In the Properties dialog box, under the Shortcut tab, look for the Shortcut key. In my attempt, Windows automatically filled in Ctrl+Alt and I just added the last key.

I hope this helps. Thanks for the question Malcolm.