On my laptop, following a recent Windows update, the Shut Down Windows dialog’s default option when I press Alt-F4 has been altered in Windows 10:

The default option on my Windows 10 laptop when I press Alt-F4 has been changed to “Switch user” instead of “Shut down,” which was the option I preferred.

I would like to know how to make “Shut down” the default option again, but I would rather not modify the registry to avoid making any critical errors.

It’s worth noting that the Windows version I was using when I posed this question was v1803, but during the processing of the accepted answer, my system updated to v1903.

Askify Moderator Edited question May 1, 2023