Shutdown Windows 8 from context menu

I added a cascading Shut Down menu to the Desktop context menu

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In the article Add a Shutdown menu to the Windows 8 desktop, I showed you how to add a Shutdown menu to the taskbar. While that technique works fine, I have never really been satisfied with it because the menu takes up so much space on the taskbar for something that I use so infrequently. Well, I was recently poking around on the Microsoft MSDN site and found a lot of information about working with context menus by editing the registry. Along the way, I learned how to add cascading menus to a context menu, such as the one you encounter when you right click on the desktop. That got me thinking about the possibility of adding the Shut Down menu to the Desktop context menu.

After a bit of experimentation, I was able to figure out how to make it work in Windows 8 and developed the Shut Down menu shown in Figure A.

As you can see, I went full bore and added every possible option to my Shut Down menu. I then grouped the options into functional categories, added separators to delineate the categories, and even included appropriate icons.

After I was finished with my creation I showed it to several colleagues. While the overall consensus was that it was a great technique, a couple folks mentioned that they wouldn't have used all of the options, and one guy said that he thought that the icons were overkill. All valuable input.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.