Shutting it down… with Microsoft’s Windows 8

One of the biggest frustrations we have run across with the release of Windows 8 is how to shut it down.   It used to be fairly simple, but now it takes a series of hot-keys or find some magical area of the lower right portion of the screen that will bring up the “Charms” menu.  From there you can click into settings and find the power button.

There must be something easier!   Turns out there is – you just have to create a shortcut, which you can place on your desktop or in your taskbar.  Here are the steps:

  1. Create a new shortcut by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting “new shortcut” from the list.
  2. In the wizard that launches, type in the following into the location of the item (exactly as shown here): c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0
  3. Click next, then give the shortcut a name – I like “Shutdown” as it is to the point
  4. Click finish then find the icon on the desktop
  5. Right click the icon, and then select “Properties”
  6. Click the “Change Icon” button – click OK when the pop up tells you that no icon has been associated with the shortcut.  Choose from the list an icon that best visualizes powering down a PC (I like the one that looks like a power button)
  7. Click OK and you’ll now have a button that when pressed, will shut your PC down immediately!  Make sure you save your work before pressing!

You can add a button that restarts your system too, by following the same procedure but replacing the item location with this text: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /r /t 0  You can name it restart and choose a different icon if it helps differentiate between the two.

No more searching for the OFF switch!

For further reading on optimizing Windows 8 see this great article from PC World.