How To: Shutdown Windows 8 quickly and easily

One of the most utilized items from the [now missing] traditional Windows Start menu has always been the Shutdown menu. For years, shutting down Windows has been a simple matter of clicking Start and then Shut Down (or Restart). In Windows 8,  this function is now accessible from within the Charms menu – Charms Menu>Settings>Power.

To me, the one extra click is no big deal. However, I do recognize that it would be nice to have a simpler more accessible option on hand. One such option, available from within the desktop, is to use the keyboard shortcut Alt + F4. This immediately brings up a traditional shutdown menu.

Another method, which provides a very quick shutdown-only option for both environments, is to create a new shortcut which can then be placed on the Desktop taskbar and Star Menu screen:

Right click on the Desktop and select New>Shortcut:

Now, type shutdown /s /t 0 into the Location dialogue box (the last character is a zero, not the letter oh):

Click Next and then Finish.

Right click on the new ‘shutdown’ desktop icon and select “Pin to Start”, then drag the shortcut onto the taskbar.

A single click on the shortcut in either location will instantly shut the computer down.

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Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.


    • Bob – This is a guide for Windows 8, not for Windows 8 *plus* 3rd party software. Why would anyone want to install additional software in order to achieve something which is already well and truly do-able through the OS?

      There is absolutely no need to install a third party Start menu, everything can easily and effectively be achieved just by utilizing the options/settings already available in Windows 8 itself.