Create an Easy Computer Shutdown Button Shortcut

How-to create an easy to find, and easy to use, computer shutdown button shortcut. Or a restart button, on your Windows 10 (8.1, 7) desktop!

shut down buttonSo, why would you need a shutdown button shortcut? You know, it’s simple enough on Windows 10 to find the shutdown button on your laptop or desktop PC. There are a couple of ways to find it actually.

You can right click the windows icon on the bottom left corner of your screen in the task bar . Then mouse over the shutdown or sign out text in the menu, to bring up the shutdown, restart, sign out menu.

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Or you can click on the Windows Icon and bring up the start menu and click on the power icon, just above that. It will show the power menu.

Here is my reason.

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Great Scott Marty! You mean kids in 2016 don’t know how to properly shutdown a computer?

I just refurbished an older laptop for a friend that is running Windows 8.1, that doesn’t have the traditional Start Menu, which has the power menu options like shown above on Windows 10. To shut it down, you mouse over to the right side of the screen to bring up the “charms bar”, and then click the power button icon, for the power options.

One of their kids will be the main user on the laptop for homework. And at school when they use a computer in the computer lab, they just sign out. They never actually shut the computer down. So, to avoid an improper shutdown, I created an easy to find shutdown button shortcut, so they could easily find it and shut it down the right way.

Now that I have turned this quick tip into a book, for whatever reason you might need a shutdown button shortcut, here is how you create it (and the restart button)!

create shortcutJust create shortcuts for both actions using the following steps:

Step 1: Go to the Desktop and Right Click in any area of the background. Then go to New and Click Shortcut, in the menu.

Step 2: Enter the following code in Shortcut bar: shutdown -s -t 0 (<- yes a zero) and click Next.

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Step 3. Name your shortcut and click, finish (I simply named mine, Shut Down). It should put the short cut, right on the desktop.

name short cut

It will look like this:

shutdown button shortcut on desktop

Step 4. To change the icon on the shortcut, so it looks like a power button. Right click on the shortcut and choose Properties and Change Icon (you will get a warning popup about no icon, just click OK to continue).

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Choose whatever icon you want and click OK. I picked the obvious red button.

Click Apply at the bottom of the box and then click OK.

click apply and ok

And now, it should show the button icon on your desktop!

You can also right click the shutdown button shortcut and choose to Pin to Taskbar and/or the Start Menu, in Windows 8, 8.1.

You can create a restart button the same way. The code to use is: shutdown -r -t 0 (<-that is a zero again).

And for log off, the code is: shutdown -l -t 0.

There you go! From Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Nerd!

Change Ubuntu to Xubuntu

xubuntu unity desktopSo a while back I installed the Linux based Ubuntu along side Windows (dual boot) on my desktop (see my post here). And then, I installed a lighter version of Ubuntu on my daughters little HP mini, called Xubuntu. I liked the Xfce desktop she had better with Xubuntu, and thought about erasing Ubuntu on the desktop and starting over and installing Xubuntu, instead. But then just out of shear luck, I found a site that walks you through how to just switch from the Unity desktop in Ubuntu to use the Xfce desktop without erasing everything and starting over. Cool! Here is the link!

Ubuntu – A Great Windows Alternative!

Ubuntu is a great operating system alternative to using Windows!

First off, what is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a Linux based desktop operating system, that can be installed on your PC laptop or desktop, and even some tablets, that has a similar functionality to that of a Windows. And in most cases, it can even be installed to run along side Windows without erasing your current Windows instillation!

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Here is an example pic of the desktop. Yes, it’s kind of odd colored but it can be customized with different colors and backgrounds, just the way you want it.

I know, when someone mentions Linux, some PC users usually think they have to be some sort of programming computer nerd to use it! That was maybe true about 15 or 20 years ago, but Linux has come a long way since then! In fact, you probably already use a version of Linux on a device you own, and don’t even know it. Like on an Android phone or tablet! 

hp media center pc with ubuntuI just replaced an older Windows installation on my 10 year old HP Media Center PC, with Ubuntu 16.04. It is running great and it’s very fast! And, I don’t even really need an ant-virus!

Ubuntu comes pre-installed with a host of useful software programs, that are similar to others on Windows, like an office suite, the Firefox browser (chrome is available too), games, utilities and more! And, all the things that weren’t already pre-installed, I can install them through the software center, kind of like the app store on Windows 8 or 10. There is also a great online community of support, if you ever run into a problem or have a question!

So far I am pretty happy with it and it does most things I could do with any of my Windows PC’s! And, one of my favorite things about Ubuntu, is it’s FREE!

So how do you get and install Ubuntu?

You go to the website here for the desktop or laptop version of Ubuntu. If your computer meets the recommended requirements, click on download. You can also scroll down and there are guides on how to create an instillation disk or a bootable USB stick, to install it on your computer. Ubuntu is free, but after clicking download, the next page will show you some suggested contributions you can make to help improve Ubuntu. Or simply click on ““, below that. If you need help, just send me a message!

xubuntuAlso, there are other “flavors” of Ubuntu you can install. I am currently running Xubuntu on my DELL Inspiron laptop. It works great on older computers running 1 gig of ram or more, and has a start menu that looks similar to Windows, that can be moved around the desktop. And if you have under 1 gig of ram, you can try the light weight Lubuntu.

If you are local to the San Angelo area and would like me to install one of these op systems on your computer, or need help doing it yourself, just contact me here.

Good Luck!