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How to Create a "Slide to Shut down" Shortcut in Windows 8.1


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Windows 8.1 introduces a new "Slide to Shut down" feature to be able to shut down your PC by simply sliding a touch screen down, or dragging a screen down. So far you are only able to use this feature by running the SlideToShutDown.exe file. Perhaps "Slide to Shut down" will be more integrated in the Windows 8.1 RTM (final) release.

This tutorial will show you how to download or create a "Slide to Shut down" shortcut to use to shut down your Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 PC or device.

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When you use the "Slide to Shut down" feature and see the example screenshot below, you will have the options below to do:

  • Slide down the top picture to the bottom of the touch screen to shut down your PC.
  • Click and hold on the top picture and drag it to the bottom of the screen and release to shut down your PC.
  • Press Enter to shut down your PC.
  • Slide up the top picture to the top of the screen to cancel "Slide to Shut down".
  • Let the PC sit idle for about half a minute to cancel "Slide to Shut down".



EXAMPLE: "Slide to Shut down" in Windows 8.1

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"Slide to Shut down" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE "Slide to Shut down" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1
To Download a "Slide to Shut down" Shortcut

1. Click on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Slide_to_Shut_down_Shortcut.zip

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2.
Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Slide to Shut down shortcut to the desktop.

4. Unblock the Slide to Shut down shortcut.

5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like.





"Slide to Shut down" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO "Slide to Shut down" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1
To Manually Create a "Slide to Shut down" Shortcut


1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area of the desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe


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3.
Type Slide to Shut down for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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4.
Right click on the new Slide to Shut down shortcut on the Desktop and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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6.
Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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7.
In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 8)

%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll

8. Select the icon highlighted in blue below, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

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9. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

10.
If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.



That's it,
Shawn