How to quickly shutdown or restart Windows 8

One of the notable feature missing on Windows 8 is the start button. Previous windows users will find it difficult to quickly shutdown Windows 8 using the Start button. We had already covered the steps for shutting down Windows 8 using the PC Settings. Listed below are some of the easy ways to shutdown or restart the system.

Keyboard Shortcut

Pressing Keyboard combination Alt + F4 from Windows 8 desktop.

Shutdown windows 8

From the Shut Down Windows 8 drop down choose the action that you want to perform i.e Switch User, Sign out, Sleep, Shut down, Update and restart.

Windows 8 Shutdown and Restart option

Please note that this would work only on the desktop and not from the Windows Metro Style screen.

Create Shortcuts for Shutdown or Restart

Windows 8 users can create shortcuts and Shutdown and restart and place them on the desktop or taskbar for easy access. For creating shortcuts.

Step 1: Go to Windows 8 desktop.

Step 2: Right click on the desktop and select New Shortcut from the menu list.

New Shortcut option in Windows Desktop

Step 3: In the Create Shortcut window, enter the value for Type the location of the item as “shutdown /s /t 0”

Create shortuct in Windows 8

Step 4: Provide the name for the shortcut as “Quick Shutdown” and click the Finish button.

Provide name for shortcut in Windows 8

Step 5: Now to get this shortcut on the Metro style window, right click on the Shortcut and select Pin to Start from the menu list.

Pin to Start on Windows 8

Now the shutdown shortcut will be available on the Desktop as well as the Start screen.

Restart and Shutdown shortcut on Windows 8

You can follow the same steps for Restart Shortcut by changing the item to “shutdown /r /t 0””

Note: This same technique can be used to quickly restart or shutdown Windows 7 or Windows Vista machines as well.

Also See: How to change desktop icons on Windows

In Category: Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8

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