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Shut Down, Restart, Hibernate and More!

I have heard that there is a way to shut down the computer right from the desktop. Is that true?

Yes, it’s true; and you can do it to reboot, log off, hibernate, and stand by, as well! Here’s how:

Let’s start with the desktop shortcut for shutting down the computer.

1. Right-click on an empty area on the desktop. You’ll see a menu. In the menu, select New, and then Shortcut.


2. Click on Shortcut. The “Create Shortcut” Wizard will pop up.


3. Where it asks you to type the location of the item, type the following:

shutdown -s -t 00

4. Click on Next and a screen will ask you what you would like to name your shortcut. Name it anything. I named mine – don’t be shocked – “Shut Down”. Now click Finish.


Done! Except…it doesn’t look like the real Shutdown button; the icon is different.

Now this may be all you need, but I am very picky about things and I want it to look like the real shut down button. Thus I have to change the icon. To do this:

1. Right click your new shutdown shortcut and choose Properties.


2. Select the “Change Icon” button in the Shortcut section.


3. A box of icons will pop up. You can choose any one of them for your icon (I chose the icon for – Surprise! – Shutdown)


Now – I mentioned that you can Log off, Reboot, Hibernate, and Standby the same way. Here is a chart of what you type in when the “Create Shortcut” Wizard pops up.


Here’s what I ended up with on my desktop:


A word about the icons:

I couldn’t find one for Reboot or Stand By (Windows icons), so I Google’d them (i.e. Windows XP reboot icon) and found some in Images.

However, to save you some time, here are the links to each (courtesy of Icon Archive [1]):

Reboot Icon

Stand By Icon

These are in various sizes. I used size 64×64 for mine.

And you know, I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference in time and hassle, but it did. The other night I had to shut down really quickly and didn’t want to because I was working on something so I just clicked on Hibernate on my desktop and it was all good.

Pretty cool, huh? Try it, it really is useful!