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    Abort Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    Abort Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    How to Create an "Abort" Shortcut in Windows 8
    Published by Brink is offline
    15 Jun 2012
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    How to Create an "Abort" Shortcut in Windows 8

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    This will show you how to create or download an Abort shortcut that can be used to quickly cancel a restart or shut down that had a time delay.


    EXAMPLE: Abort message
    NOTE:
    This is the abort message that you will see in the taskbar notification area.

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    Abort Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Abort Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    To Download an "Abort" Shortcut

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

    Abort-Shortcut.zip

    download

    2.
    Save the .zip file to the desktop.

    3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Abort shortcut to the desktop.

    4. For the first time that you run the shortcut, click/tap on the Always ask before opening this file box to uncheck it, and click/tap on Open to unblock the 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 done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.





    Abort Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Abort Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    To Manually Create an "Abort" Shortcut


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

    2. Type in the command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

    shutdown -A


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


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    4.
    Right click on the new Abort 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)

    %windir%\System32\imageres.dll

    8. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
    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




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    Thank you. I am trying it.

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    You're most welcome Whitemafia.
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    Pressing "esc" while it's attempting to restart doesn't work? I thought it did.
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    Hello David,

    Sorry, but nope.
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    hmm....I tried the download, and two manual setup attempts, but the new "abort" button does nothing. I believe I followed all the steps each time, but I'm just getting shut down when I try to test it. I'm on 8.1, does that make a difference? I'm also shutting down from a shortcut using shutdown.exe -s (which I found instructions for on the 'net and can't seem to find them again). Any other info I can provide to help?
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    Hello way2ob2se,

    No worries. You would need to use a shut down shortcut that has a delay time specified with it using the -t switch in order for the Abort shortcut and you to have time to abort the time delayed shut down.

    Shut Down Shortcut - Create in Windows 8


    shutdown -S -F -T ##
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    A HA - that was the ticket! I also learned that when the standard message comes up saying something like "shutting down in nn time" with a button to click CLOSE, I needed to Close that message for my Abort button to work .... but work it does, yea!!
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    Perfect.
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    Windows 8.1


    Thank you Brink for these awesome tutorials! I am wondering if there is a "key" to the letters you use in the shortcut creation?
    Something like " -a: abort, -t: time until executed" etc.
    I'm trying to remember what the terminology is for this, but it has been a decade or so since I have played with this kind of thing.
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