How to Create a Shutdown Icon on Your Computer Desktop
In Windows XP, it literally takes two clicks to turn off your computer with the Shutdown Button in the Start Menu. You may have many reasons for having the Shutdown button on your Windows Desktop. In Windows Vista and Windows 7 you may dislike the new location of the Shutdown button.
The following instructions will allow you to create a Shutdown Icon on you Windows XP Desktop. The instructions to perform the same task on Windows Vista and Windows 7 are similar. However, figures from Windows XP will be used as an example.
But before you create the Shutdown Icon, click on the normal Shutdown button to see if you computer will behave normally. If it shutdown using the regular Windows buttons, then you can create the shortcut. If not, then even the shortcut will not work. Your computer may have other issues that are beyond the scope of this article.
First create the shortcut. The easiest way is to do a Right Button Click on the Mouse. See Fig 1. Select the New option on the menu list.
You should see the menu that looks similar to Fig 2. Select the Shortcut option on the list.
After selecting and click on the Shortcut option, the Create Shortcut Window will appear as shown in Fig 3.
In the "Type the location of the item:" area, enter the following DOS command as shown in Fig 5. Shutdown is the name of the command. There are other options known as 'switches'. In this example, '-s' is used for shutting down the computer. Other switches like '-r' allows you to shutdown and reboot.
The other switches used in this example is '-f' which forces programs and applications to close without a warning. If you don't do this, the computer will keep prompting you to close or close and save a program that is currently running. The only disadvantage is that if you have a program such as a Word document that has work, the work will not be save unless you've saved it previously. The other switch, '-t 0' will force the shutdown immediately. Instead of a zero, you can put a delay in seconds.
Be warned. The shutdown may not happen immediately even if you've entered zero for a delay. The shutdown will depend on the computer to close applications that you don't see and save system files before shutting down the hardware.
Click on Next.
Give the Icon a name called "Shutdown" and click on Next as as shown in Fig 5.
If you followed the steps correctly, you should have a plain looking icon as shown in Fig 6. Congratulations. If not, go back and start over again.
Now you can make the Icon look pretty.
The next instructions are optional. They will all you to change what the Shortcut Icon looks like. Do a Mouse Right Click on the Desktop. You should see a menu similar to Fig 7.
Select the Properties option with the mouse.
Select the Change Icon button as shown in Fig 8.
In the Change Icon window, select the picture you want for the Shutdown button. In this example, the International Symbol for Power Switch was chosen in Fig 9.
In Fig 10, the final Shutdown Icon for the shortcut is shown. Test the shortcut to see if the the Shutdown shortcut works.
The time to shutdown a computer even if you don't use the shortcut will vary from computer to computer. It may happen immediately or it may seem like 5 minutes. In my test, the shutdown took almost a minute. So in some cases, you may have to be patient with the test.
Below In Fig 11, are other options in the DOS shutdown command. For simplicity, use the following described earlier:
Shutdown -s -f -t 0
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