Thursday, 28 May 2015

How to get quick power shortcuts on your taskbar and desktop - no programs needed!

Like Windows 8 but find it annoying to go to Start then the power button then shut down? I'll show you how to get quick shortcuts on your taskbar and desktop!


Step 1:
On your desktop, right-click and select New then Shortcut.

Step 2:
Now the Add Shortcut wizard will appear. Type in the following:

C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00 (This will shut down your computer)

Step 3:
Now you can call it whatever you want. Something along the lines of Shut down would be good.

Step 4:
Once the shortcut is created, right click and choose Properties.

Step 5: Click Change Icon. It will say that the shortcut contains no icons, click OK and then select the Shutdown icon.

Step 6:
Once the Shutdown icon is highlighted in blue, click OK then OK.

Step 7:
Now for a restart shortcut. Do the same as before, but on the first step type in this:

C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Step 8:
Now right-click on the icon, Properties, Change Icon>OK. But the only problem is that there is no Restart icon. You can download a restart icon here.

Step 9:
Simply change the icon as before, but browse to the location of the icons that you downloaded. (Make sure you have unzipped them.)

Step 10:
Now that is your restart shortcut done. Last but not least, the sign out shortcut. This one is optional and you don't have to have it, but you can if you like.

Step 11:
Same process as before, but this time the code is:

C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -L -t 00

And that is how you get quick power shortcuts on your desktop! To pin to your taskbar, right-click on the shortcut and click 'Pin to taskbar'. Thanks for reading and I hope this tutorial has helped you! Don't forget to follow this blog for more helpful tutorials!