Monthly Archives: November 2013

Quick device shutdown with Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1 (for ARM or x86), there is rarely the need to shutdown a device anymore. Most of the time I just come in and out Standby and that’s about it.

However, when one want to shutdown (e.g. to preserve battery even more) the “default”  Windows 8 mechanism is neither obvious nor simple:

  • Swipe from the right/click bottom right/Windows key + C to show the charm bar
  • Click/tap on Settings
  • Click/tap on Power
  • Click/tap on “Shutdown”.

Of course there is always the old CTRL+ALT+DEL which bring up the screen that allows you to hit shutdown in the bottom right, but it’s not intuitive either.


Here are 3 other options for quicker shutdown menu access.

1) Easy – no set-up – 3 clicks: From the Start Menu

Windows 8.1 adds a quicker (though not an obvious one for most user) way to do this by right-clicking on the start menu icon and selecting the “Shutdown or sign out” menu:


2) Fairly easy – limited set-up – 2 clicks: Add a link to a little know old “Windows Phone like” feature

In the c:\Windows\System32 you will find an app called “SlidetoShutDown.exe”. Just add it to your taskbar and/or start menu (right-click in file explorer). When you click on it (start it), it will show a “slide down to shutdown” Window.

3) More complex – shortcut creation needed – 1 click: use a shortcut with the right parameters to call the shutdown app and pin it on the start/taskbar.

In the same Windows/system folder you will see an app called “shutdown.exe”. Easy enough Smile. To use it as a way to shutdown in  one click you need to

  • Create a shortcut to the app wherever you want (e.g in your My Documents folders).
  • Right click and select properties and add (without the “) the following after the “.exe”: ”/s /t ss” (ss = a number in seconds between 0 and 10 years before the shutdown is effective.
  • You can use the “change icon” option to select the icon you like, such as below with the “old” shutdown symbol.
  • Add a link to your Start Menu and/or Taskbar through the same process as 1) and 2)

You can use /r instead of /s to restart the computer versus just shutting it down. The /l parameter will log you out.