PostHeaderIcon Where’s My Shutdown Button in Windows8?

Microsoft made a big mistake by mixing the tablet OS and desktop OS.  It doesn’t make sense to force the desktop users to deal with the tablet features.

Lots of complaints include

  1. Where’s my Start Button?
  2. Where’s the Shutdown button?
  3. Where’s my Control Panel?

And they don’t have enough pre-education for most of the users to switch to their new “smart” interface.

This article covers the second question here:

Where is my Shutdown Button?

Acer realized that it will be a big problem for most of the old Windows (Windows 7 and older) users so that they even create a Power button for shutdown options and pin it on the left side the task bar at the bottom:

Windows8 Power Button from Acer

Windows8 Power Button from Acer

Other brand users may not be so lucky. Now Microsoft is pushing out Windows8.1, Steve Ballmer, speaking in a tone like God, “We give you the Start button back on your desktop mode!” and together you can find the shutdown button. (Check out CNET’s article Windows8.1 Lets You Shut Down directly watch the video of his opening speech.) But what most of the Windows users expect him to say?
“I’m sorry for the inconvenience brought to most the royal Windows users who has been using all the versions of Windows. We didn’t consider it earlier.” This is how the new Windows team treated us royal users. Windows8 should never be called Windows, but Tabdows, or something else.

shutdownkeyHow to Create A Shutdown Button for Windows8

Here’s a way to create a button on your Task Bar or Windows Start Menu.

1)Rightclick on your desktop, click on New and then Shortcut.

2)Type in ‘shutdown /s /t 0’    (without the quote, and there’s a space before /s and /t and the character which is a zero not an O. You may copy from shutdown and paste in)

3)click Next and type in “Shutdown Now!” and finish.

It is a shut immediately without warning shortcut. So use it carefully after you saving all documents that you need to save.

4)then right click on this shortcut and select “Properties” where you can change icons and rename (in the General Tab).

And you can see the Target value becomes “C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0”

You may highlight this shortcut on desktop and press Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to create a copy of it and open its Properties to change the target value to “C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /h” by replacing “/s /t 0” with “/h”.   Then go to “General” tab to rename it “Hybernate” and click OK.   This is the way to

Create A Hybernate Shortcut/Button

Hybernating your pc  means after you shut down the computer, you can start the computer again with everything you were running  before you shutdown remains the same and in the same state.

To create a shutdown shortcut in a “Fast Start” mode, you can just change the target value to  “C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /hybrid /t 0”  (remember there is a space before /t  and the zero).  Fast Start can shut down the computer fast by forcing all apps to close without saving unsaved documents and restart fast when you press the power button again.

Windows8 Shutdown Button

Windows8 Shutdown/Hybernate Button

Now you may want put this shortcut to your Windows8 Start Menu or set it as a button to your taskbar. You can just right click the shortcut and select “Pin to Start” or “Pin to Taskbar”.  You can Press the Windows Key and go to the last frame of the Start Menu to find “Hybernate” or “Shutdown” button, rightclick once and drag it all the way to your left and move it to the first Frame/Window of the Start Menu for your convenience.

Enjoy computing with Windows!

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