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[TUT] How To Make a Shut Down/Restart Shortcut On Win 8 PC


Ai®a©ob®a

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I have heard and read that many people dislike the fact that there is no Start Menu on the Desktop screen which means no Sleep, Restart or Shut Down menu.

Here is a TUT to show you how to make your own button to put your PC to Sleep, Restart or Shut it down.

It's very easy and simple to do and takes less than 5 minutes and doesn't require any experience with coding or anything of that nature.

 

These directions are showing you how to make a "Shutdown Shortcut" but at the very bottom of the post are the codes for the Sleep & Restart just follow the same directions but replace the "Shutdown" code with the "Restart/Sleep Shortcut" code

 

The following codes are listed at the very bottom:

 

Sleep

Hibernation

Lock Workstation

Restart

 

Hope this helps

  • Click the Desktop tile on the Start screen to access the Desktop.

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  • Right-click on the Desktop and select New | Shortcut from the popup menu.

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  • Enter the following command in the Type the location of the item edit box and click Next.
shutdown.exe -s -t 00

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  • Enter a name for the shortcut in the Type a name for this shortcut edit box and click Finish.

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  • The default icon is not very representative of what the shortcut does, so let’s change it. To do so, right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.

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The shortcut has to be copied to another directory to be available on the Start screen, so, copy the shortcut on the desktop.

 

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  • Paste the shortcut into the following directory:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

 

  • You can either copy the path above and paste it into the address bar in Explorer or you can navigate to the directory. If you can see the ProgramData directory, see the note below.

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  • NOTE: The ProgramData directory is a hidden directory. To gain access to it, click the Hidden items check box in the Show/hide group on the View tab.

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  • Paste the shortcut into the specified directory. You will probably see the following dialog box when you try to paste the file. Click Continue to give permission to paste the file into the directory.

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  • You should see a Shut down tile on the Start screen. One click on this tile will shut down your system.

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  • If you don’t see the Shut down tile on the Start screen, you can search for it and pin it to the Start screen. To find the shortcut, move your mouse over the Start icon in the lower, left corner on the desktop to display the Start menu. Select Search.
  • NOTE: If you are using a touch screen, you can swipe from the right side of the screen to the left to access the Start menu.

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  • NOTE: You can also access the Start menu in the same way on the Metro Start screen.

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  • The Search panel displays on the right side of the screen. Scroll down and select Apps from the list. Enter “shut down” (or the name you gave your shortcut) in the Search Apps edit box. Press Enter or click the magnifying glass.

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  • The Shut down shortcut displays on the left side of the screen. Right-click the shortcut. The options for the shortcut display in the lower, right corner of the desktop (instead of on a popup menu, like in Windows 7, and earlier). Click the Pin icon. You should now see the Shut down tile on the Start screen.

 

  • NOTE: Press Escape to exit the search and go back to the desktop.

 

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  • To add tiles for Restart, Lock Workstation, Hibernate, and Sleep, enter the following commands create new shortcuts and enter the following commands on the first screen of the Shortcut wizard.
  • Restart Computer: shutdown.exe -r -t 00
  • Lock Workstation: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  • Hibernate Computer: rundll32.exe powrProf.dll,SetSuspendState
  • Sleep Computer: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

The rundll32.exe file does have an icon available; however, you may want to change it. Use the Browse button to access a file with more icons. The shell32.dll file is located in C:\Windows\System32.

 

NOTE: For the Hibernate and Sleep options, make sure that the hardware in your computer support these options and that they are enabled.

 

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Thank you. I know people say this about every new Microsoft OS, but f*ck the interface is so sh*tty. Even if you have a touchscreen it's useless as sh*t EVEN THOUGH I BOUGHT A PC NOT A GOD DAMN TABLET UGH.

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People with Windows 8 should already be updated to Windows 8.1(released a year ago).

 

Which gives you a power button.

 

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Thank you. I know people say this about every new Microsoft OS, but f*ck the interface is so sh*tty. Even if you have a touchscreen it's useless as sh*t EVEN THOUGH I BOUGHT A PC NOT A GOD DAMN TABLET UGH.

Classic Shell solved that for me. I bought a new laptop with Win8.1 on it, hated the Metro UI, installed that, much better. Though it still sometimes gets in the way, but hardly ever.
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People with Windows 8 should already be updated to Windows 8.1(released a year ago).

 

Which gives you a power button.

To be more specific, shutdown button was added in Windows 8.1 Update 1 (it was not present in the base 8.1)
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Though we dont really need to do all these when things are pretty straight.

 

But its always good to learn new things and Good TUT.

Edited by Cristiano Ronaldo 7
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