The first and simplest way to shut down Windows has been with the platform since the advent of the Start Button. Click the Windows icon at the lower left of the screen. When the menu opens, click the power icon in the lower right corner. In the menu that appears, click “Shut Down.”
The second method is even older, first appearing at IBM in 1980 before Windows was even a thing (via TechTarget). Hold down the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys on your keyboard at the same time. A menu will pop up. Click the power icon located in the bottom right corner of the screen and select “Shut Down.”
Finally, there’s a lesser-known keyboard shortcut that’ll give you direct access to the shutdown option. Simply hold the Windows key and tap X. A menu will come up in the lower left of the screen where you can select “Shut Down.” You can also sign out using the same menu.