How to Create Shortcut to Shutdown / Restart Windows 10

November 25th, 2016 by Admin Leave a reply »

In previous post we’ve covered 7 ways to shutdown / restart your Windows 10 computer. However, if those are not simple or quick enough for you, you can create a shutdown / restart shortcut on your desktop. The following tutorial will walk you through the steps of creating a shortcut to shutdown / restart Windows 10 more quickly.

Tips: If you want to schedule your computer to shutdown or restart at specified time, please check out this article: Auto Shutdown Windows 10 / 8 As You Expect

How to Create Shortcut to Shutdown / Restart Windows 10?

  1. Right-click any empty space on the desktop, select New and then Shortcut from the context menu.

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  2. When the Create Shortcut wizard appears, copy and paste one of following commands in the location box and click Next.

    • Shutdown Computer:
      %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0
    • Restart Computer:
      %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /r /t 0
    • Lock Computer:
      Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation

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  3. You’ll be asked to name the shortcut. I suggest you name the shortcut to correspond to the action it will perform.

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  4. When you’ve clicked Finish on the above dialog, you’ll see a shortcut on the desktop. You can double-click it to immediately shut down or restart your computer.

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