How to Create a Shutdown Icon / Tile On Windows 8 Apps Screen


In my opinion, Windows 8 was mainly build for tablet users. And, that is why I believe a routine task like shutdown took the backstage. We generally do not shut down our tablets, right?

However, if you are using Windows 8 on a desktop or a laptop, you understand the pain of shutting it down or re-powering it. We have covered the various ways to shutdown Windows 8. And, to help you cut down on the steps we also worked on creating a taskbar shortcut for the same.

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Today we intend to lay down the steps to help you create a similar shortcut on the start screen. It would be a separate tile and your one-tap destination for turning off your machine.

Let us begin.

Step 1: Navigate to any folder and start creating a shortcut. Right-click on an empty space and choose New -> Shortcut.

Create New Shortcut

Step 2: The Create Shortcut wizard will ask you for the item you wish to create a shortcut for. Paste the following command in the text box and then hit the Next button.

%systemroot%\system32\shutdown.exe /p

Shutdown Shortcut E1368969342395

Step 3: Then choose a name for the shortcut. The default name would be shutdown. You can have something like Turn Off or Power Off (my personal preference) as well. Click on Finish and your shortcut is ready to be pinned.

Shortcut Name E1368969387644

You have two choices now. Either you can pin it to the start screen directly (go to Step 7) or do that after choosing an icon for the shortcut (continue reading with Step 4).

Step 4: Right-click on the shortcut and open its properties window.

Shortcut Properties

Step 5: Highlight the Shortcut tab and then choose Change Icon.

Change Shortcut Icon

Step 6: Now, select an icon that makes it easy for you to recognize the tile among others. The shutdown icon as I have selected makes an ideal choice. Click on Ok and exit.

Select Shortcut Icon

Step 7: Right-click on the shortcut and choose Pin to Start.

Pin To Start

With that, a tile to shut down your machine will be created on the start screen. One tap and the machine will shut down with any further confirmation.

Shutdown Start Tile1


You can address the rebooting of your machine in a similar fashion. The difference would be to use shutdown.exe /r /t 0 instead of shutdown.exe /p as in Step 2. I wish Microsoft had such a tile by default. Even though they have concentrated on touch devices they should have put some features to make it easy for desktop users as well. Try it out and you will save yourself those extra clicks.

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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