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November 10, 2012

Shut down, Restart, or Log Off Windows 8 with one click

Finding it cumbersome to shutdown, restart, or log off your computer on Windows 8? If so, then here are a few tricks that can help you run those three essential commands with just a single click.

Windows 8 brought a lot of changes and one of them is letting go of the traditional Start Menu that gives quick access to programs and commands. The result is a more complicated way of shutting down or restarting your machine. The good news is there’s a way of making it easier through the use of shortcuts. Here’s how to do it:

Shut down

The first thing you need to do is create a shortcut by right-clicking on your Desktop, click New -> Shortcut, then type in command below as the location of the item:

shutdown /s /t 0 (That’s the number zero and not the letter O.)

Now click Next, name the shortcut “Shut down” (or whatever you like), then hit Finish.

The next step is to change the icon of the shortcut to make it easier to identify. To do so just right click on the shortcut, click Properties, then click Change icon. Select the icon that you want, click OK, Apply, then click OK.

Running the shortcut from the desktop requires a double click, so to make it run with a single click just drag it in the Taskbar and click on it from there. That’s it, you’re done!

For the Restart and Log Off, just repeat the instructions above and use the commands below:

Restart: shutdown -r -t 0

Log Off: shutdown -l

This trick should save you a couple of seconds. It might be one of the oldest tricks in the book, but hey, it works. :)


11 Responses to “Shut down, Restart, or Log Off Windows 8 with one click”

  1. Ricky Juan says:

    This trick is as old as msdos. It works on older Windows versions and is not exclusive to Windows 8.

  2. Alex says:

    This also works on windows 7…

  3. Docalfred says:

    Wow! Thanks. Anymore???

  4. Ice says:

    I just push the power button on my keyboard or directly on my pc faster, this is for windows 8

  5. rogen-e says:

    I work for MS. Why bother doing the command line if you can download a 3rd party app to put your Start button back on the desktop?

    I would recommend ViStart (google it!) and you’ll get your start button again.

  6. Neil
    Twitter: jonjongoco
    says:

    Fastest way to shut down a machine is to press the one you did to start it up: POWER BUTTON!

    • chopotka says:

      Or just unplug it from the power outlet, LOL.

      Kidding aside, this is just one of the reason why Windoze 8 will flop! You can take that to the bank!

      The days of the PC are numbered at least on the consumer segment.

  7. Or you can also use this
    System Power Shortcuts for Windows 8. One of the most downloaded Shutdown application for Windows 8
    http://wall.jaysonragasa.net/wall/post/2012/06/17/Windows-8-System-Power-Shortcuts.aspx

  8. chopotka says:

    Windows’ Head Steven Sinofsky fired! –> http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57548765-75/shocked-by-exit-of-microsofts-sinofsky-you-shouldnt-be/. Clearly a sign that MS is in trouble.

  9. BertSingson says:

    Just what I needed, salamat! Please post more tips for Windows 8

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