How to Change Default Setting for Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows Dialog

January 4th, 2021 by Admin Leave a reply »

When all open windows are minimized or the desktop is active, pressing Alt+F4 keys will open the Shut Down Windows dialog. The default option is Shut down. Today we will show you 2 methods to change the default setting to Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, Sign out, or Switch user in Windows 10.

Method 1: Change Default Setting for Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows Dialog via Group Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor and go to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar. On the right, double-click the policy called “Change Start Menu power button“.

  2. Click on Enabled. In the Options section, you can select Restart or other action from the drop-down list as the default setting.

  3. Click Apply and then OK. Restart your PC to see the changes.

Method 2: Change Default Setting for Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows Dialog via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. On the right pane, right-click the blank space and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  2. Name the newly-created DWORD as PowerButtonAction, then double-click it and change its value data to one of the following values (hex) depend on your choice:

    • 1 = Sign out
    • 2 = Shut down
    • 4 = Restart
    • 10 = Sleep
    • 40 = Hibernate
    • 100 = Switch user
  3. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer.