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Shut Down Computer Shortcut - Create

How to Create a Force "Shut Down" Computer Shortcut in Windows
Published by Brink
05 Feb 2010
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How to Create a Force "Shut Down" Computer Shortcut in Windows

information   Information
This will show you how to create or download a force Shut Down computer shortcut with or without a time-out delay and custom shutdown message before the computer shuts down and powered off.

Note   Note
The time-out period can also be for how many seconds you have to use the Abort shortcut to abort the computer from shutting down after using this Shut Down Computer shortcut.


EXAMPLE: Shut Down Computer Time-Out Period Message
NOTE: This is with a 30 second time-out period. If you would like to have a custom shutdown message instead of the default message in the dialog box below, then you can use step 3 in OPTION TWO below to do so.
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OPTION ONE
To Download a Force "Shut Down" Shortcut
1. For an Instant Forced Shut Down Computer Shortcut
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Instant_Shut_Down_Computer.zip

download
2. For a Forced Shut Down Computer Shortcut with 30 Second Delay
NOTE: If you would like to use a different amount of time delay, then see OPTION TWO below for how.
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
30-second_Shut_Down_Computer.zip
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

4. Open the .zip file and extract the Shut Down Computer shortcut to the desktop.

5. Right click on the Shut Down Computer shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button.
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 6.
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6. Go to step 6 in OPTION TWO below to add the icon you would like to use.

7. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a Custom Force "Shut Down" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. For an Instant Shut Down Computer Shortcut
A) Type the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
shutdown -s -f -t 00
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B) Go to step 4.
3. For a Shut Down Computer Shortcut with Specified Time Delay and Message
A) Type the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot above)
Note   Note
Substitute ## in the command below with a number between 0-315360000 for how many seconds you want the time-out period to be before shutdown.

Substitute Your message here in the command below with a shutdown message up to 512 characters within quotes that you would like to see in the pop-up dialog when using the shutdown shortcut. The message will only be seen for however long you set the time delay to be.



shutdown -s -f -t ## -c "Your message here"

FOR EXAMPLE: I would type this below exactly to have a 30 second time delay with a Don't forget to turn off mouse message.

shutdown -s -f -t 30 -c "Don't forget to turn off mouse"
4. Type Shut Down Computer for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
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5. Right click on the new Shut Down Computer shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

6. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
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7. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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8. To Download a Custom Icon to Use
A) Click on the Download button below to download a custom Shut_Down.ico file in a ZIP file, and save it to your desktop.
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B) Open the downloaded ZIP file, extract (drag and drop) the Shut_Down.ico file to your desktop.

C) Right click on the Shut_Down.ico file, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on.

D) Save the Shut_Down.ico file to where you like to store it at on your Windows drive for use as the shortcut's icon.
NOTE: The icon will need to remain saved at the same location for the icon to continue to display on the shortcut.

E) Go to step 10 to select this Shut_Down.ico file at the location you saved it at.
9. To Use Your Own Custom Icon
A) In the line under "Look for icons in this file", click on Browse and navigate to the location of the 256x256 pixel icon your want to use. (See screenshot below)
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10. Select the icon and click on OK. (See screenshot above)

11. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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12. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn






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14 Feb 2010   #1
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Another Great one Shawn, I've got the shutdown,restart,restore point,recycle bin and reliability monitor shortcuts on my taskbar, nothing on my desktop.
Thanks, Derek


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14 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Derek.
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17 Sep 2010   #3
AussieColin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Is it possible to create a desktop 'Undock' icon in a similar fashion? I looked at the response to typing "shutdown /?" in the command prompt window but it did not appear to be one of the options listed.
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17 Sep 2010   #4
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Nice tutorial...

I use a batch file to do mine (Shutdown, Restart, Defrag etc.)
When i run the batch file i am asked to select 1. for restart, 2. for shutdown, 3. for defrag...

I have also then set a keyboard shortcut to run that batch file:
Quote:
1. Pin a program to the task bar
2. go to
Code:
C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\
3. Right click the program you just pinned and click properties
4. Change the target: to the location\file (e.g. c:\Test\JDobbsy1987.bat)
and Change the start in: to the location\ (e.g. c:\Test\)
5. Click OK and now when you click that program you pinned to the task bar it will run the script.

Note* when you change the target and start in, you will notice that there is a short cut option below them, if you click in that box and type a letter e.g. s you will see that it changes to CTRL + ALT + S, This means you will be able run the script by clicking the icon or by pressing CTRL + ALT + S
Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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17 Sep 2010   #5
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Great work Shawn !

Probably I am getting rid of iShut , that I use till now for using a shut down dock icon
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Archie.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2011   #7
bufoto

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
problem with downloaded icon

Hi,
Great forum and super tutorials.
I created the Shut Down Computer shortcut and wanted to add your icon.
After downloading I unzipped it to my Desktop.
It did not have an Unblock box, so I assumed it to be OK.
However I am not able to move or delete the file, since it tells my that I do not have any priviliges for this file and I'm not the owner of the file.
How can I overcome this problem?
Hope you can help me.
Regards,
bufoto
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Bufuto, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure why you would get that, but taking ownership of the file, then setting it's permissions to "Allow" your user account "Full Control" of it should allow you to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2011   #9
bufoto

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
take ownership does not work

I cannot take ownership. Not with elevated rights either.
It states : Cannot show current owner.
Any other ideas?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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