Shutdown Windows 8

Well, it’s here and the general consensus is that Windows 8 is not half bad. I suspect that most users will quickly adapt to its funny little ways and get used to the tile-laden desktop, but if you are accustomed to Windows XP, Vista or W8 one of the first things that will strike you is the lack of a Start button and, most annoyingly, no obvious way of shutting the computer down. This is all to do with W8 being designed for always-on tablet computers or on other words TOUCH SCREENS. The Off switch is there of course, but it’s buried several clicks deep on the Start menu and desktop (the easiest route is Winkey I, Settings), but here’s a way to put a proper shutdown icon or tile on the desktop, and Start menu. On the desktop right-click and select New > Shortcut. In the Type location box enter the following (without the quotes) ‘shutdown /s /t 0’. Watch out for the spaces, and the last character is a zero. Click Next, give it a name, Shutdown being the obvious one, and click Finish. You can leave it as-is for a basic shortcut icon, or right-click on it and select Change Icon, for something more interesting. When you are finished right click on it and select Pin to Start, drag it to a prominent position and it’s job done!