I am trying to shut down my Ubuntu laptop, but some other users have left their accounts logged-in. (All users are local.) Normal shutdown is blocked because of this.

I can do a hard shutdown with the power switch, but is there a way to force shutdown from within Ubuntu?

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Open a terminal (ctrl + alt + T) or use a TTY (ctrl + alt + F1.) Then you have to login using administrative account or root.

sudo shutdown -P now

You could always use

sudo init 0

to bring it down as well - a few less characters to type but not as pretty :)

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