Quick Windows 8 Shutdown

New ShortcutIt isn’t obvious how to shut Windows 8 down. If you go back to the start screen you can do it through your icon top left. I shut Windows 8 down with alt F4 which shuts down open windows and then brings you to the shutdown screen. I have now made myself a shutdown icon which makes it simpler and I could add how long it takes to shut down too.

1. Right click anywhere on the desktop and choose New and then Shortcut.
2. Call it shutdown – or anything you like.
3. Right click on the icon and choose Properties.
shutsoen code4. In other versions of Windows you use the – to delineate parameters. In Windows 8 you use /
5. /s means shutdown and it has a 30 second default setting. /c brings you to a personalised shutdown screen. I have typed /c “A+” because A+ means see you later in French. You could type /c “Bye”. You have to have the speech marks. If you don’t want the shutdown screen, leave the /c out. If you want to add the time it takes you write /t 40 where the 40 specifies a 40 second shutdown.
6. To change the icon, right click on the shutdown icon and in the middle of the window which comes up you see Change icon. Click on that and select away.
7. Don’t forget to click apply to set your changes.
8. You now have a quick shutdown icon!

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