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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