Create Desktop Shortcuts to Shutdown, Lock or Restart Windows 8.1


Most of you probably dislike the new shutdown menu in windows 8 or windows 8.1. Unlike windows 7 , the shutdown controls in windows 8 and 8.1 are not easily accessible by the user. But you do have at your disposal a few shortcut keys combinations to perform various tasks such as shutdown, restart or hibernate your computer in windows 8 and 8.1.

For those who want easy access to functions such as shutdown, restart , lock etc.., you can create and use desktop shortcut for these functions to quickly shutdown your computer from the windows 8 or 8.1 Desktop. The following instructions will guide you through the process of creating these shortcuts on Windows 8.1.

Create a Desktop Shortcut to Shutdown, Lock or Restart Windows 8.1

  • Step 1: Right click anywhere on the windows 8.1 desktop and select New > Shortcut from the context menu.


  • Step 2: In the input field provided, type in any of the commands provided below for the respective functions and click on Next.

For example to create a shortcut for shutting down your computer, type in the following command “ shutdown.exe /s /t 00

  • Step 3: Next type in a name for the shortcut and click on Finish to create it.


Following are the commands for the respective functions.


shutdown.exe /s /t 00


shutdown.exe /r /t 00


shutdown.exe /l

Moreover you can should try changing the icons of these shortcuts to avoid any confusion. Here’s how you can change the icons of these shortcuts.

How to Change Icons on Windows

  • Step 1: Right click on the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.

click on properties of shortcut Create Desktop Shortcuts to Shutdown, Lock or Restart Windows 7

  • Step 2: From the Properties dialog box click on the Change icon button.


  • Step 3: Browse and select any of the icons available. Alternatively you can even click on the Browse button to browse and select any custom icon that you have downloaded from the internet. Finally click on Ok to apply the icon to the shortcut.

select icon for shortcuts Create Desktop Shortcuts to Shutdown, Lock or Restart Windows 7

A word of caution, once you run the shortcuts there’s no going back. To be on the safer side, place these shortcuts to the right side of your windows 8.1 desktop, just in case to avoid accidental clicks.

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