Sometimes you just want to close your computer and get somewhere else fast or be done with the day--without having to wait for every open application to close first. Whether you're on Mac or Windows, there are a few ways to do it.
The fastest way on Windows is to create a shortcut on your desktop or taskbar to the shutdown process:
- Right-click on an empty space on your desktop and go to New > Shortcut
- Type in %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 0 in the location field (Windows will even auto-fill the first part for you)
- Click next and then name the shortcut or leave it as shutdown.exe
You can pin this to the taskbar in Windows 7 and above and even assign a keyboard shortcut to it (right-click on the shortcut, go to properties in the context menu, and pick a keyboard combination).
If you're on Mac, Ctrl+Opt+Cmd+Eject will shut down OS X immediate, without the alerts or warning dialogs or shutting down your apps individually. Use Ctrl+Cmd+Eject to quickly reboot your Mac.
You'll want to make sure your work is saved in any open application before using these shortcuts, but these are the fastest ways to make a clean and quick getaway from your computer.