Slideshow: Set up a Windows 8 shutdown shortcut

Pin to Start = new tile

Only Windows 8

One difference in Windows 8 is the "Pin to Start" feature. Since there is no Start Menu, this command actually pins a tile to the Metro Interface, as you can see.

Additional shortcuts

There are several shutdown and power down commands that you can make into shortcuts. Creating shortcuts for these commands works exactly the same as our example shutdown shortcut.

Restart Computer

Shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Lock Workstation

Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation

Hibernate Computer

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState

Sleep Computer

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

Bottom line

While it may not be obvious at first glance, you can indeed shutdown a device running Microsoft Windows 8. One easy way to accomplish the task is by using a desktop shortcut, which also doubles as a Metro tile, giving you several shutdown options. So with a little interface trickery, you can actually go from no way to shut down to three or four ways.

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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