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Windows 8 Tips Part 2 – Shut down with one click

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Windows 8 Shot DownI love Windows 8. There, I said it. Right, now that that’s over with, lets get to the nitty gritty of the shut down sequence. WinKey+C -> Settings -> Power -> Select Shut down. Doesn’t that seem a bit drawn out?

Well, here is an easy workaround for quick one-click shut downs. Create a new shortcut on your desktop (Right Click -> New -> Shortcut) and type the following in as the location “shutdown /s /t 0”.

Without the quotes of course, it is shutdown[space]/s[space]/t[space]zero

Then click next, and type an obvious name for this shortcut, “Shutdown”. When you have done this right click the shortcut again and select Properties. In the Properties, change the Icon by clicking on the Change Icon button. (A Warning will appear on the screen, just dismiss it by clicking OK) Choose a suitable icon for the shortcut and click OK.

Now you can right click on the shortcut and select “Pin to Taskbar”. You can also select “Pin to Start”. So there you have it! A convenient shut down button for one-click enthusiasts.

Oh, and did you know that if you want to take a screenshot, instead of Alt+PrntScr type WinKey+PrntScr. Your screenshot is automatically saved to your Pictures folder. Neat hey? As usual, feel free to leave comments below.

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.

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