How to Create a Shutdown/Logoff/Restart Windows 8 Button

Posted by John Larkin - May 5, 2014

For Windows 7 users, they only need to click on the start menu and click shutdown to turn off their PC and it is pretty easy to do so. However, if you are a Windows 8 user, it requires several complicated steps for you to turn off your PC, which makes you very fretted sometimes, especially when you are in a hurry. Usually, the shutdown item of windows 8 is very hidden. To get that item, you have to open the Charms bar>go to Settings>click on Power button>choose the shutdown/logoff/restart. Fortunately, you can create a shutdown/logoff/restart button on your start screen to make the complicated steps become easy. Now, read the following tutorial to get these three items step by step.


Step 1: go to Desktop


Step 2: right-click the blank place, and go to New, and then select Shortcut


Step 3: you will get another pop-up window

  1. If you want to create Shutdown button, type “shutdown /s /t 0” and press Enter
  2. If you want to create Restart button, type “shutdown /r /t 0” and click Next
  3. If you want to create Logoff button, type “shutdown /l” and click Next


Step 4: type shutdown/restart/logoff to name the shortcut and press Enter



Step 5: right-click on the new shortcut and choose Properties



Step 6: When you get the “Shutdown Properties” window, click on Shortcut tab and click “Change Icon



Step 7: click OK when a window pops up



Step 8: choose a corresponded icon to what you are creating now and hit OK.



Step 9: click on Apply and OK to save the changes



Step 10: now you can put the new icon on the place wherever you like.

If you want to put it in Taskbar, right-click the icon and select “Pin to Taskbar


If you want to put it in Start menu, please choose “Pin to Start





All these three buttons are created in the same way expect the step 3. When you finish the steps, the icons are taken into effect immediately. Now you can enjoy the efficiencies by yourself. If you have any questions, leave a message below.

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