How to add a one click option to shut down, restart, sleep or hibernate in Windows 8. The first thing new Windows 8 users will notice is the tiled Start screen. The second, after navigating to the traditional Desktop, is the lack of a ‘Start’ button/orb. No Start Menu means that the process to shut down, restart and sleep in Windows 8 is necessarily different from the last decade’s versions of Windows.
We’ll review first how to access the existing shut down features in Windows 8 and then explain how to add single click options if you want to speed up the process.
Existing Ways To Shut Down Options in Windows 8 – There are a variety of ways to access the shut down features in Windows 8 – some quicker than others:
- The ‘standard’ way – move your mouse to the top or bottom right of the Desktop to display the pop-out Charms menu (or press Windows key + c). Select ‘Settings’ then ‘Power’ and choose to Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.
- Go straight to the Settings Charm by pressing Windows + i then select ‘Power’ and choose to Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.
- Press ALT + F4 to display the (very) traditional Shut Down menu and choose to Sleep, Shut Down or Restart – also provides options to Switch User or Sign Out (log off).
- CTRL + ALT + DEL brings up a screen to Lock, Switch User, Sign Out etc but there is also a Power icon in the bottom right corner – click it to choose to Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.
- Simply pressing the Power button (or closing the laptop lid) may put the computer into Sleep mode (or Shut Down or Hibernate) – the exact action will depend on how Power Options are configured.
Add One Click Shutdown In Windows 8 – If you want to add single click options to shut down (or restart, sleep or hibernate), it is possible to do this in Windows 8 via the following procedure – we’ll look at Shut Down first:
Tip: you can also use these steps to add one click power event options to XP, Vista or Windows 7 (except for step 8 as the Start Screen is unique to Windows 8).
1. Right click an empty space on the Desktop and choose ‘New’ then ‘Shortcut’
2. In the location box type “shutdown /s /t 0” without the “” (the 0 is a zero)
3. Click ‘Next’ and type a name for the shortcut (e.g. Shut Down) then select ‘Finish’ to create the new desktop shortcut – drag and drop it to wherever you wish on the desktop.
4. To change the shortcut’s icon, right click it and choose ‘Properties’ to open the Properties window:
5. Select the ‘Change Icon’ button then press ‘OK’ in the warning box that says Shutdown.exe has no icons:
6. Choose an icon from the list of possible icons (we chose the red Power button) then press OK twice:
Your desktop shortcut should now have the chosen icon labeled Shut Down, or whatever you called it. Double clicking this desktop shortcut will shut down the computer – use it to add a single click option in the next steps:
7. To pin this shortcut to your Taskbar – right click the shortcut and select ‘Pin to Taskbar’. Press it once to shut down.
8. To pin the shortcut to your Start Screen – right click the desktop shortcut and select ‘Pin to Start’. Press the Windows key to switch to the Start Screen and see this new Shutdown icon – drag and drop it to a more noticeable position on the Start Screen if you wish. Press it once to shut down.
Add One Click Restart, Sleep or Hibernate In Windows 8
The above steps add a one click Shutdown to Windows 8. If you want to add a similar shortcut to Restart, Sleep or Hibernate, repeat the same process but in Step 2 substitute the typed command with the following:
- Restart – shutdown /r /t 0
- Sleep – rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0
Note: Hibernation must be disabled for this command to work or it will just Hibernate instead of Sleep. To Disable Hibernation – display the pop-out Charms menu and select Search (or press Windows key + q). Type CMD then right click the Command Prompt app and select ‘Run as administrator’ from the panel at the bottom to open an elevated Command Prompt.
Select ‘Yes’ if a User Account Control warning appears. In the Command Prompt, type “powercfg -h off” without the “” and press Enter to disable Hibernation.
- Hibernate – shutdown /h
Note: Hibernation must be enabled for this command to work. To Enable Hibernation – follow the guide above that was used to disable hibernation but, when typing the command, replace ‘off’ with ‘on’ to enable hibernation i.e. “powercfg -h on”.
These 4 shortcuts add one click Shutdown, Restart, Sleep or Hibernate options to Windows 8 (and earlier).You can use them to complement the existing options (e.g. pressing the Power button or closing the lid) – they’re quicker than navigating through Windows 8 Charms.