Recently, we covered how you can create a shortcut to open the classic Shutdown dialog in Windows 10. While the mentioned trick works as expected, Windows 10 does not provide any way to change the default Shutdown command in the classic Shutdown dialog. In this article, we will see how to set that.
- Open Registry Editor (see our detailed tutorial about Registry Editor if you are not familiar with the Registry).
- Go to the following Registry key:
- Create a new DWORD value named Start_PowerButtonAction. This value controls the default action in the classic Shut Down dialog which is displayed when you press the Alt + F4 hotkey at the Desktop.Set it to one of the following values in decimals depending on what you want the default action to be:2 = set "Shut down" as the default action
4 = set "Restart" as the default action
256 = set "Switch user" as the default action
1 = set "Sign out" as the default action
16 = set "Sleep" as the default action
64 = set "Hibernate" as the default action. Note that Sleep and Hibernate action can be unavailable in the Shut Down Windows dialog, if you have disabled them in the Power Options Control Panel or if your system does not support sleep mode.
That's it. Now you can set the desired action as the default for the Shut Down Windows dialog in Windows 10.