How to Create a Shutdown/Restart Icon in Windows

Windows 8Windows 8/8.1 make you perform several actions to turn your computer off, and they are not easy to find. To get to the power button, you must pull out the Charms menu (bottom, right side of screen), click the Power button and the select Shutdown or Restart. If you are on the Windows 8 desktop, you may also shut down by using the ALT + F4 shortcut keys.

Want to create an icon on your desktop to shutdown/restart your computer? It’s easy; simply follow the steps given below:

Navigate to the desktop (Windows key + D)
Right click on the desktop and select New | Shortcut
Enter: shutdown /s /t 0 (a zero) in the location box and click Next
Enter a name for the shortcut and click Finish
Right click the shortcut on your desktop and select Pin to Start
Go the Start and drag the shutdown icon to a prominent place

If you want the icon on your taskbar, right click on the icon and select Pin to Taskbar

For a Restart button repeat the previous steps using shutdown /r /t 0 in the location box

If you want to change the icon displayed for the shortcut, complete the following steps:

Right click on the shortcut and select Properties
Click Change Icon (If you receive a Change Icon warning, simply click OK)
Select an Icon; Click OK twice to close the Change Icon and Properties windows

You do not have to be a computer wizard to create these icons; they can save time and frustration especially if you have difficulty finding the Shutdown and Restart commands in Windows 8. Try it!


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