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Windows 7: Shut Down Windows Shortcut

Shut Down Windows Shortcut

How to Create a "Shut Down Windows" Shortcut in Windows 7
Published by Brink
16 Jul 2009
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How to Create a "Shut Down Windows" Shortcut in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to create a Shut Down Windows shortcut to use to select to either Switch user, Log off, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shutdown in Windows 7.

Tip   Tip
Normally you can press Alt+F4 while the desktop is in focus to also open the Shut Down Windows dialog box.


EXAMPLE: Shut Down Windows
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OPTION ONE
To Download the "Shut Down Windows" Shortcut
1. Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Shut_Down_Windows.zip
download
2. Click on Save and save the .zip file to the Desktop.

3. Right click on the .zip file (on desktop) and click on Open.

4. Select and extract the Shut Down Windows shortcut to the desktop.

5. Right click on the Shut Down Windows shortcut and click on Properties, General tab, and the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If the Unblock button is not there, then the shortcut is already unblocked. Continue on to step 8.
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6. You can now move the Shut Down Windows shortcut to any location that you want for easy use.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .zip file (on desktop) if you would like to.



OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "Shut Down Windows" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty space on your desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Type taskkill /im explorer.exe for the location, then click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
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3. Type Shut Down Windows for the name, then click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
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4. Right click on the Shut Down Windows shortcut on the desktop, then click on Properties, Shortcut tab, and on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can use whatever name you would like for the shortcut though.
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5. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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6. Copy and paste the location in bold below into the Browse line, then press enter. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you have a icon of your own that you would prefer to use, then click on the Browse button, navigate to it instead.
C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll

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7. Select the icon you want (ex: Computer) and click on OK. (See screenshot above)

8. To the right in Run, select Minimized from the drop doen menu and click on OK. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: Selecting Minimized will get rid of the quick flash of the command prompt when you use this shortcut.
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9. You can now move the Shut Down Windows shortcut to any location that you want for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn






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16 Jul 2009   #1
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I guess you collaborated the main posts in this thread to make a new tutorial for shutdown. Nice tutorial Shawn.


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16 Jul 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, yep. You beat me before I could add it.
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16 Jul 2009   #3
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

But it will be really useful for many people.
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25 Oct 2009   #4
roadrider

Dual boot - 7 Pro 64 bit/Vista 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. This is a good one.
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25 Oct 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Roadrider, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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30 Oct 2009   #6
jake66

Windows 7 x32
 
 

Great, but is there any way to get rid of the cmd window that flashes up before it?
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30 Oct 2009   #7
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jake66 View Post
Great, but is there any way to get rid of the cmd window that flashes up before it?
The cmd window flashes just for less than a second. So I guess its fine.
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30 Oct 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jake66 View Post
Great, but is there any way to get rid of the cmd window that flashes up before it?
Hello Jake,

Yes there is. I have updated the tutorial to not have the command prompt flash for a second when using it. Please try the new download, or the new step 8 (manual) to stop it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2009   #9
jake66

Windows 7 x32
 
 

Yes, it works the manual way, but I don't think the download changed....(for me anyway.

Thanks
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