Change the default Shutdown / Log Off Option via GPO

KB ID 0000465 


Out of the box, the default power option presented to your users is shutdown. People with multiple users on their machines, may prefer the log off option to be the default.

Note: You can also set the default option to:

Log off
Switch User (Unless blocked by other policy then it will revert to shutdown).



1. On your domain controller , Start > Administrative Tools > Group Policy Management Console > Either create a new policy and link it to your targeted COMPUTERS or edit an existing one, then navigate to;

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Locate the setting “Change Start Menu power button”.

GPO Power Button

2. Edit to the required action, i.e. Log off.

Change Power Button Option

3. Then either reboot the clients, wait a couple of hours, or manually run “gpupdate /force” on them.


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Thanks to Seb Cerazy for the feedback

Author: Migrated

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