How to get Shutdown, Restart & Logoff shortcuts in Windows 8


Are you facing difficulty in finding shutdown, log off, restart and hibernate shortcuts in Microsoft Windows 8 OS? Learn how to reclaim shutdown, restart, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8 OS.

Microsoft has in their latest Windows 8 operating system, reshuffled lots of shortcuts, introduced the Metro UI, charm bar and lots of other features but removed the very famous Start Menu which was a life line for lots of Windows users for quickly accessing various application, utilities, documents, search feature and for Shutdown, Restart, Sleep and hibernate the system. Some users liked these changes and Metro UI very much especially users having touchscreen devices and some user didn't like it at all.

As we know that Microsoft has replaced the Start Menu with Start screen where you can pin contacts, apps and websites to quickly access it (also there are various utilities and hacks available to restore the traditional Start Menu in Windows 8 but there is no option available to pin or create shortcut for Shutdown, Restart, Sleep and hibernate on Start Screen.

Also Read: Best Features in Windows 8 Operating System

In Windows 8, you can access shutdown, restart, sleep shortcuts under Charm bar by swiping the mouse cursor to the top or bottom right side of the Windows (Alternative way to access Charm bar is to press Win + C keys) >> Settings >> Power. There is one more way of accessing these shortcuts in Windows 8. First switch to desktop mode and then press combination of ALT + F4 key to evoke the Shutdown Window options. As per my personal experience these Shut down, Restart, Sleep shortcuts are not rightly placed under the charm bar as a novice or nontechnical users may find it difficult to locate these options. This tutorial will help you to create desktop shortcuts for shutdown, restart, sleep options and pin shutdown, restart, sleep tiles on start screen in Windows 8. This can be achieved either by creating shortcuts manually or using Power Shell script.

Steps to create shutdown, restart, sleep, logoff, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8


- Switch to Desktop mode

- Right click on empty space and Choose New and then Shortcut

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- A small Window will pop up, in "Type the location of the item" box type or copy paste this without quotes "shutdown /s /t 0" and click next button

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- On next screen name the shortcut as "Shutdown" and click Finish button

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- Now a shortcut named Shutdown will be created on Desktop, right click on it and choose Properties

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- Click on "Change Icon" button, it will prompt you to choose icon from the list or specify a different file click OK button

- On Change Icon Window, select the appropriate icon for the shortcut which can easily let other users to easily recognize the shutdown shortcut

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- Click OK button to complete the procedure. Now you have successfully created a shutdown desktop shortcut in Windows 8 start screen.

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8

Likewise, you can create shortcuts for restart, log off, sleep, lock and hibernate in Windows 8. Here are the shortcuts codes for them.

Restart shortcut code - shutdown /r /t 0
Log off shortcut code - shutdown /l /f /t 0
Sleep shortcut code - Rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep
Lock shortcut code - Rundll32.exe user32.dll LockWorkStation
Hibernate shortcut code - Rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Hibernate

Note: In case of sleep, lock and hibernate shortcuts customization of icon is bit different as displayed for shutdown shortcut. You have to first replace the rundll32.exe with shell32.dll on Change Icon Window and click "OK" to load the shell32.dll file and rest of the procedure is same.

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

You can also drag these shortcuts to Windows task bar (see image below)

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8 task bar?

In case you don't want to clutter your Desktop and Windows task bar, here is another register heck which allows you to add these shortcuts in right click menu.

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

To get shutdown, restart and sleep shortcuts in right menu in Windows 8, requires registry edit. You can download the registry files from here. Double click the file.reg, it will add the registry values in Windows 8. If you don't like it, you can remove these registry by double clicking the remove file.reg file.

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

To get shutdown, restart and sleep shortcuts in sub-menu in right click in Windows 8, you have to download registry files from here. Double click add turn off options.reg, it will add the registry values in Windows 8. In case you want remove it you can remove these registry by double clicking the remove turn off options.reg file.

Steps to Create shutdown, restart, logoff shortcuts in Windows 8 using Power Shell script


In case you are intimidate by above said manual procedure, then there another simple Windows Shell script which pins these shortcuts to Start screen in Windows 8 without much headache.

- Download PowerShell script for creating Shutdown ,Restart or Log off Windows 8 tile from here and save it on your desktop

- Now open Windows PowerShell (Open Charm Bar by pressing Win +C keys>>Search>>PowerShell>>Right click on PowerShell link>>choose Run as administrator)

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- Now type without quotes "Import-Module C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop\CreateWindowsTile\ CreateWindowsTile.psm1" replace the USERNAME with the actual user name. Make sure you have save the PowerShell script on Desktop else you have to change the file path accordingly

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- In case you get error like "Import-Module: File C:Users\Virtual\Desktop\CreateWin\CreateWindowsTile.psm1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system. For more information, see about_Execution_Polices at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170.

At line:1 char:1 Import-Module C:\Users\Virtual\Desktop\CreateWin\CreateWindowsTile.psm1 CategoryInfo :SecurityError : (:) [Import-Module], PSSecurityException FullyQalifiedErrorId : UnauthorizedAccess, Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ImportModuleCommand"
then type "Set-excecutionpolicy remotesigned" without quotes and hit enter

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

- Now perform the step 3 again and then type "New-OSCWindowsTile" without quotes command in the Windows Power Shell Console and in case everything goes right then you will see the shutdown, restart and log off tiles are created successfully

How to get Shutdown, Restart, sleep, lock, hibernate shortcuts in Windows 8?

Press Win button to switch to start screen to see the shortcut, restart and logoff tiles on start screen in Windows 8

How to get Shutdown, log off, sleep, hibernate, lock, Restart shortcuts in Windows 8


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Comments

Guest Author: Brainbuster17 Apr 2015

The log-off one does not work.



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