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Slideshow: Create shutdown shortcuts in Windows 7

Create shortcut

One of the most often asked for Microsoft Windows tweaks is for shortcuts that shutdown, power down, and restart a Windows session. The procedure for Windows 7 is very similar to that of Vista and XP, but now you can pin those freshly created shortcuts to the Start Menu or the Taskbar or to both.

Creating a shortcut
Creating a shortcut should be familiar to almost everyone, but we will walk through the process just for clarity. There are other ways to accomplish this task, but this is my preferred method. First, right-click on a clear spot on the desktop and navigate to New | Shortcut as shown.

This slideshow was originally published in February 2010.

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25 comments
Koko Bill
Koko Bill

@Lazy...yes man...you are quite right....is it so hard work to press the button..????

rcjbob
rcjbob

Thanks Mark...I plan to share with my class. When we reach a level to teach others, we somtimes forget a) they may not know what we are talking about b) and we need to bring it down to a level they can understand.

microface
microface

I had to use PDF creator to put each of the slide shows into a single document/ Fortunately I know about PDFCreator's Wait and Collect Feature that allows me to do this/ It sure would have been easier to just have a single document

gavin.burgess
gavin.burgess

This is a useful tip, but the format is incredibly annoying. Click on a slide. Page resets. Scroll down to see open slide. Scroll down to click next slide. Page resets. Scroll down.... repeat ad nauseum. The information is good. The way the information is presented could be a lot better, especially when one considers the source.

S. Giesbrecht
S. Giesbrecht

What, are we becoming soooooo lazy that we need to click once (or double click) to shut down a PC. Why not just press the power button (no, not press and hold) or configure the power button in Start to (Reboot or Shut Down). Computers are supposed to assist us with our jobs not make us lazy. PS. I know this shortcut was good for XP as I had it myself.

mikifin
mikifin

TURN THIS INTO A PDF

dansa
dansa

alt F4 works for me

Sagax-
Sagax-

Whatever happened to "Windows key - up arrow - enter - enter". There is no need to wait for the display to respond. Just press the key sequence as quickly as you wish (or can).

darkstate
darkstate

I'll stick with auto hot key,you write the below command into the script,then press windows key + space bar and it will shut down in the required time #space:: Run C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /c shutdown -s -t 05 -f -c "I'm outta here BYE BYE!! " return

whizzo944
whizzo944

Does Gibson Research's little program called Wizmo work in Windows 7 ? It seems much easier than this.

othmanh
othmanh

Great ideas, keep them coming, we have not deployed W7 yet and I need to know all the short cuts as well as any type of pc maintenance tricks and tips.

shane.tucker
shane.tucker

Can this be added to the right-click options?

hideaway
hideaway

Here is another easy way! Go to grc.com and download Wizmo. It has a whole bunch of other easy to use utilities as well... Steve's multipurpose Windows gizmo Wizmo is a multipurpose miscellaneous Windows utility that provides an array of single-click functions that are missing from Windows. Triggered by a single mouse click, it can do things like power down your system's displays, activate your screen saver, change or mute the audio volume, restart, reboot, or shutdown your system, and much more. It even includes a rather cool built-in "Graviton" screen saver that simulates the motion of any number of mutually gravitationally attracted celestial objects. Check out Wizmo's web page for the current (and growing) complete list of Wizmo's capabilities and features.

Lateralnetworking(TM)
Lateralnetworking(TM)

how about this one shutdown /i you can then add comments to why you are shutting down. or what about you want to shutdown another computer shutdown /m \\computer_name /r or just do a shutdown /? and you find lots of switches to play with.

chalkp
chalkp

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

vjv.mabaso
vjv.mabaso

Hopefully its not to get alot of clicks right, since its not an add, or is it??

The Joat
The Joat

Hmmm.... On my Win 7 machine it's "windows key, right arrow, enter." But I also have that great Gadget with the "shutdown, restart & lock" buttons and the clock.

DNSB
DNSB

I'd have to say yes but why would you want to? "I went to click on rename and shut the computer down with multiple files open when I mis-clicked." Personal opinion is that it would be better to set it up as a shortcut key with a timeout and another shortcut key with the abort just in case.

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

Other than 4 half-arsed attempts to look clever in the discussions forum you've contributed absolutely NOTHING to the questions forum in over FOUR YEARS, yet you find it within your gamut to contrive to seem unimpressed by an article that helps folk understand something they may well be unaware of??!! Thanks for being so helpful. :^0

Ron_007
Ron_007

really! Well since you've gone this far, how about including the commands for shutdown and restart.

Snak
Snak

.... you already know, and many don't. In my incarnations as trainer and support agent, I often heard/hear ...'This may be a stupid question but....'. My answer is always 'There's no such thing as a stupid question, tho' answers often can be. But if you don't know, you don't know.' I'm new to Windows 7 and found this useful :)

DNSB
DNSB

try: shutdown.exe /r /t 5 to restart and shutdown /s /t 5 to shutdown The /r and /s are obvious, the /t pops up a shutting down in 5 seconds countdown. If you enter shutdown /? at the command prompt, there are quite a few other options I had one server where I canned the comment about why I restarted it into the shortcut when an application update required a server restart every two days. I used to use the /f option to force quit applications but that is now the default when t is not set to 0. The /t 5 gives you the option to cancel the shutdown during the countdown by entering shutdown /a -- a challenge to your skills in opening a command prompt and typing or clicking on a shortcut.