- 1 How to Create a Shutdown Shortcut in Windows 11 (or Lock, Sleep, Hibernate, Restart)
- 2 How to Add a Keyboard Shortcut to Your Desktop Shortcut
- 3 How to Auto Shutdown Windows
- 4 How to Use Windows 10 Disk Cleanup in Extended Mode using a Shortcut
- 5 How to Clear the Clipboard in Windows 11 / Windows 10 with a Shortcut
- 6 Extra: How to Enable or Disable the Touchpad on Windows 11
It typically takes just a few clicks to activate sleep mode in Windows 11, but why wait? In today's tutorial, we'll show you to create a Windows 11 shutdown shortcut that can do it in a double-click instead.
Even better, you'll be able to use this method to create a shortcut to lock your computer, put it to sleep, lock it, hibernate it, and more.
Variations: Windows sleep shortcut or a shortcut to lock computer
It's even possible to extend this functionality to create a shutdown, hibernate, restart, or sleep keyboard shortcut so that your hands never have to leave the keyboard.
Once you have your shortcut, it doesn't need to stay on your desktop, either. You can pin it to your taskbar for access on any screen, put it on your start menu, and more. Let's explore how to create such a shortcut, using a Windows 11 shutdown shortcut as an example.
How to Create a Shutdown Shortcut in Windows 11 (or Lock, Sleep, Hibernate, Restart)
To create our shutdown shortcut in Windows 11, all we need to do is point our shortcut to the relevant shutdown.exe in our Win32 folder and give it some additional instructions. The same theory applies if you want to create a Windows sleep shortcut or make your PC hibernate or restart on click.
Here's how to do it step-by-step:
- Right-click your desktop and select “New > Shortcut”
- In the location field, type your shutdown, restart, sleep, or hibernate command
For example, we're creating a Windows 11 shutdown command, so we'll type:
shutdown.exe /s /t 00
/ssignals that we want to shutdown the computer, rather than restart it, while the
/t 00signifies how quickly we want it to happen. In our case, in
00seconds, or instantly.
Windows 11 restart shortcut
If you want to create a Windows 11 restart shortcut instead, you'd type the following in the location field:
Shutdown.exe /r /t 00
Windows 11 sleep shortcut
Windows 11 sleep, hibernate, and restart shortcuts use rundll32.exe rather than shutdown.exe, and your location field will look a little different as a result. To create a shortcut, type the following:
rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0
Windows 11 hibernate shortcut
The hibernate shortcut is the same as the sleep one, minus the
0,1,0at the end:
Windows 11 Lock shortcut
Finally, if you want to create a shortcut to lock your PC, past the following in the location field:
You should know, however, that there's already a built-in keyboard shortcut for lock – Windows + L.
Once you have typed the relevant command in the location field, just hit “Next”.
- Enter the name of your shortcut and click “Finish”
In our case, we just called it “Shutdown”.
- Double-click your Windows shutdown shortcut to activate it
Windows 11 should immediately perform the action you specified.
How to Add a Keyboard Shortcut to Your Desktop Shortcut
As we mentioned previously, you can extend the usefulness of these shortcuts by adding a keyboard shortcut to them. If you want to learn how to restart or turn off computer with your keyboard you can follow the steps in our more general shortcut guide. It's quite easy – just requiring you to modify the shortcut's properties. You can even use this to create a sleep keyboard shortcut, which can be very handy indeed.
How to Auto Shutdown Windows
If doing anything at all is too much hassle for you, you can set your PC to shut down automatically instead. This can be at a time you specify, or after you leave your PC for a defined period. You can follow our how to auto shutdown Windows at night guide to find out how.
How to Use Windows 10 Disk Cleanup in Extended Mode using a Shortcut
To maintain your drive as clean as possible, you can create a shortcut on your desktop to run the Disk Cleanup with all possible options activated with just a double-click.
How to Clear the Clipboard in Windows 11 / Windows 10 with a Shortcut
The Windows 10 / Windows 11 clipboard is a useful tool, but it also leaves a bit of a “paper trail” of your activity. If you've copied something sensitive, the next person to paste will see the text or image in plain sight. In our other tutorial, we show you how to create a clear clipboard shortcut for both the legacy clipboard and the cloud clipboard.
Extra: How to Enable or Disable the Touchpad on Windows 11
The touchpad, also known as a trackpad, is a pivotal element in laptop design, offering a touch-sensitive interface to control the cursor with finger swipes and gestures. Users often find the need to disable the touchpad, especially when it hinders their workflow, such as accidental cursor movements while typing. In our other guide we show you how to enable or disable the touchpad on Windows 11 using various methods.