Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Shutting down with one click, part of Windows 8 Tips and Tricks.
One complaint I often hear to people who have switch to Windows 8 is how many steps it takes to simply shut down the computer? Right now we have to go down to the bottom right or top right corner to display the charms. Then we go into settings, from here you'll see the power button. When you give it a click your choices are to sleep, shut down, there it is. Or update and restart, if you have updates, otherwise it's just restart the computer. Well, one thing you can do is actually create a Shortcut that allows you to exactly those things.
Let's go to our desktop we'll start there, click the desktop icon. First thing we'll do is right-click anywhere on the desktop itself. Go down to new and create a new Shortcut. The Shortcut, the type, the location of this item field will be entered with the following text, shut down leave a space slash s as in shutdown slash t leave a space and put in a zero. When you click next you'll notice shutdown is the default text.
You can type whatever you want here for a name, I'm going to leave it as shutdown and click finish. Now we can tidy this app a little bit by changing the icon for example and pinning it to various locations. So let's right-click and go to properties. From here we're going to change the icon and when you click this (SOUND), you'll see a warning that there aren't any icons to choose from that apply to shut down , but we can go to the series of icons and choose something else. So I'll click OK, you'll see a, looks like a power button there. I could scroll across, there's another smaller one, as we go away past.
There we go. There's a smaller one. I'm going to click that one and click OK. And, the next thing I'm going to do is simply click OK to see what that looks like, perfect. Now I'm going to right-click, and I'm going to pin it to my start screen. That's the Windows 8 start screen. I'm also going to pin it down here on the task bar. So I'll right-click and choose pin to task bar, notice it's down there now I can even move it into position so it's the very first button. Let's press the Windows key in the keyboard to switch over. You should have a new tile if you scroll over.
The start button or shutdown button is actually what it is. We're going to move it as well into a location that makes more sense way over here on the left-hand side. So it's easily accessible. Now when we click this, we'll simply shut down Windows. We don't have go through those four steps, through the charms and settings etcetera. Now you can do the exact same thing for restart. Let's go back to our desktop, right-click, and create another new Shortcut. This time I'm going to type almost the same text.
That'll be shutdown, leave a space. This time no slash R as in restart slash T, a space and a zero. When you click Next, you'll see shut down two, but we're actually going to call this restart and click Finish. And again you go through the steps of pinning it to your start screen, changing up the icon, pinning it to the task bar if you wanted to and you'll now have short cuts to both shutdown and restart windows in one easy click.
Let's go back to our start screen.
- Protecting yourself from unrecognized applications
- Activating the Quick Access menu
- Booting directly to the desktop
- Shutting down with one click
- Navigating and running apps from the keyboard
- Customizing menus and screens
- Displaying all applications in one place
- Capturing screenshots to your Pictures folder
- Fine-tuning your power settings
- Optimizing your hard drive
- Preventing users from uninstalling applications
- Creating a virtual drive