How to Use Slide to Shut Down in Windows 11

Written by Thirumalraj

This post shows you how to use the Slide to Shut Down feature.

You can also view the steps to create a shortcut for it in Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Use Slide to Shut Down using Command

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type slidetoshutdown and press the Enter key.

Now you can see a screen that fills the top half of your screen.

Slide the screen down, click the top half of the screen, or press the Enter key to see your PC shutting down.

If you don’t want to go ahead with the shutdown, press the Escape key or click on the bottom half of the screen.

You can use this command in the following programs too:

  • Command Prompt
  • PowerShell
  • The address bar of the File Explorer

Note: You can create a shortcut for Slide to Shut Down using the steps in the next section if you want to use this feature more often.

How to Use Slide to Shut Down Using the Start Menu

Open the Start menu. Type slidetoshutdown, and you can see slidetoshutdown. Hit it.

Now you can see a screen that fills the top half of your screen.

Slide the screen down, click the top half of the screen, or press the Enter key to see your PC shutting down.

If you don’t want to go ahead with the shutdown, press the Escape key or click on the bottom half of the screen.

How to Use Slide to Shut Down using File

Open the C: > Windows > System32 folder. Find and double-click on the SlideToShutDown file.

Now you can see a screen that fills the top half of your screen.

Slide the screen down, click the top half of the screen, or press the Enter key to see your PC shutting down.

If you don’t want to go ahead with the shutdown, press the Escape key or click on the bottom half of the screen.

How to Create a Shortcut for Slide to Shut Down

Follow the steps below to create a Slide to Shut Down shortcut on your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer.

  1. Right-click on the empty area of the desktop or File Explorer.
  2. Move the mouse over “New” in the context menu.
  3. Click on “Shortcut.”
  4. Type slidetoshutdown in the “Create Shortcut” popup. Click the “Next” button.
  5. Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the suggested one.
  6. Click the “Finish” button.

Alternative Method

Go to C: > Windows > System32 folder. Find and right-click on the SlideToShutDown file.

Move the mouse over Send to and hit Desktop (create shortcut).

That’s it.

Now you can see the shortcut on the desktop. Rename it if you like, assign a shortcut to it, change its icon, or pin it to the taskbar or Start menu if you want.

Thanks for reading.

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