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Can I make shortcut for SHUTDOWN/RESTART on desktop/Start?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Can I make shortcut for SHUTDOWN/RESTART on desktop/Start?


    Am "using new HP laptop 2000-2d27dx Windows 8.1. Only way I shutdown or restart is going to "charms" panel - Settings - then click Power off icon and choose Sleep, Shutdown or Restart. Is there a way to put a SHORTCUT for Shutdown and Restart on the desktop and/or the Start screen?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    The easiest way is to install a 3rd party solution like (free) Classic Shell or (paid) Start8. See screenshot:

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    The other way would be to download this ready made shutdown button (by Brink):

    Hybrid Shut Down Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    You could also follow this tutorial to create your own shutdown or restart button as well.

    http://www.helpwithwindows.com/Windo...wn-Button.html

    Hope all this information is helpful. Good luck.
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  3. #3


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    In addition to my2cents, you can download the Win+X Menu Editor and add Restart, Shutdown as shown in screen shot:

    Power User Tasks Menu (Win + X) - Edit in Windows 8

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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1


    Very good topguncp! BTW, the Win + X menu already seems to have a shutdown and restart option built in (which I forgot about until you reminded me of same):

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    I hope I didn't somehow add that option at some previous point in time.
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  5. #5


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    @My2Cents
    Yes, It is available in 8.1 by default and I am sorry I keep switching back and forth between 8 and 8.1. However, you can also add additional programs that you use regularly and take out what you don't need, for example the non Admin Command Prompt since I always open the elevated command prompt
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    @My2Cents
    Yes, It is available in 8.1 by default and I am sorry I keep switching back and forth between 8 and 8.1. However, you can also add additional programs that you use regularly.
    Good suggestion.
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  7. #7


    Michigan
    Posts : 50
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Here another solution, copy the text between the lines blow and paste into a text editor such as Notepad. Save the file with a .reg extension example: Contextmenu.reg
    Double click on the file as you would to run an application and when prompted to add to the registry click on Yes or Ok. This will add options to the context menu when clicking on the desktop as shown in the picture below. Note - Please backup you registry before making any changes.

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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Lock Computer]
    "icon"="shell32.dll,-325"
    "Position"="Bottom"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Sleep Computer]
    "icon"="shell32.dll,-331"
    "Position"="Bottom"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Restart Computer]
    "icon"="shell32.dll,-221"
    "Position"="Bottom"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Shutdown Computer]
    "icon"="shell32.dll,-329"
    "Position"="Bottom"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Lock Computer\command]
    @="Rundll32 User32.dll,LockWorkStation"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Sleep Computer\command]
    @="rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Restart Computer\command]
    @="shutdown.exe -r -t 00 -f"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Shutdown Computer\command]
    @="shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f"


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