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Shut Down, Restart, Hibernate and More!

Posted By On May 13, 2010 @ 9:58 AM In Desktop Enhancement | Comments Disabled

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



A:
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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)

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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.

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

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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!

~Lori

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