It can be quite annoying to shut down windows 8 by the normal procedure. Because the power options are hidden inside the Settings. And it requires multiple steps to access the shutdown option.
So if you want a quick solution to it, you can just create a shortcut to shutdown on the desktop or on the start page according to your convenience. You can check out the normal way to shutdown a Windows 8 PC by visiting this link.
Now lets see how to create a shutdown shortcut on the desktop and also how to pin this shortcut to the start page. You can even check out the video at the end of this post if you don’t prefer reading !
How to Create Shutdown Shortcut on Desktop in Windows 8
Right click on desktop > click on new > select shortcut.
It will ask you the location of the item, Simply enter ”shutdown -s” without quotes. Click next.
It will ask you to name the shortcut, Just type Shutdown. And click Finish.
And you will have a shutdown shortcut on the desktop.
If you double click on this shortcut, it will just shutdown your computer. So you have reduced the number of steps to access the shutdown option.
But the shutdown shortcut has ugly looking icon. If you need to change it then follow the steps below.
How to change the icon of shortcut?
Right click on the shortcut, Click on properties.
Go in Shortcut tab.
Click on Change icon. If any error message appears, click Ok.
Select a new icon and Click Ok.
Click Apply and Ok.
How to Pin the Shortcut to Start Page?
Just right click on shortcut and click pin to start. And check out your start page.
Ok got it. But how can i sleep, log off, hibernate, lock, etc ?
Check out these shortcut commands below. You can just replace the ‘shutdown -s’ with these.
I don’t understand, I need a video demonstration !
Ok fine, check out the video given below.
Are these shortcuts only for Windows 8?
No. You can use this trick in previous Windows OS as well. But i don’t know why you would do that. You can access the power options easily via start menu, so you wont need to create a shutdown shortcut in previous Windows OS like Windows XP, Windows 7, etc.
Anymore questions? Feel free to comment below. Thanks.
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