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'Slide to shut down' Windows 8.1 & 10 - An interesting and convenient hidden feature

Updated on September 7, 2015
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A bit more beauty in our lives can't hurt

You don't have to look at the dull grey menu that appears when you right-click your Windows Start button. There exists a much more sublime option.

Better still, it allows you to shut down your computer with a slide of your finger (or mouse on non-touch devices) like you do to unlock your phone.

Yes! This technology already exists inside your computer, but is somehow not advertised by Windows.

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The entire process takes about 5 mouse-clicks and you're ready to go. They are described in Steps 1 to 6.
However, a more aesthetic option takes another 5 or so clicks. They are described in Steps 7 to 15.
If you are a true newbie, go with the pics; otherwise, the summary at the end will get you there just as quick - you can't go wrong.

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Step 1 - Go to your 'System32' folder.
This is found here: C:\Windows\System32
(Substitute 'C' for the letter of the drive in which Windows is installed)

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Step 2 - Scroll down to the 'SlideToShutDown' file.

(Sorting your folder by name makes this much easier)

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Step 3 - Right-click 'SlideToShutDown'

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Step 4 - On the menu that appears, put your cursor on 'Send To'.

A new menu appears.

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Step 5 - On this menu, click 'Desktop (create shortcut)'.

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Step 6 - Return to your Desktop.

There will now be a shortcut there called 'SlideToShutDown - Shortcut'

This is a rather ugly, generic name with an ugly, generic icon. If you want to leave it at this, you can skip to Step 14 - functionality will not be affected. Otherwise, carry on to Step 7.

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Step 7 - Right-click this new icon and click on 'Properties' on the menu that appears

Step 8 - A window appears. At the bottom of this menu are 3 buttons. Click the middle one which says 'Change Icon'

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Step 9 - An error message appears - click 'OK'.

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Step 10 - A 'change icon' window appears with a wide range of little icons you can use for your new button.

What you choose is entirely up to you. Personally I like the well-known Power button that appears on the bottom right.

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Step 11 - Click 'OK'.

This takes you back to the 'Properties' window, only now featuring your shiny new icon.

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Step 12 - Click 'OK' on the 'Properties' window to close it.

You will now see your SlideToShutDown shortcut with the new icon on your desktop.

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Step 13 - Right-click the icon and click 'Rename' from the menu.

This step is optional - you can skip to Step 15 if you like.

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Step 14 - Type in a better name. I call mine SlideShut.

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Step 15 - Right-click the icon and now click 'Pin to Taskbar' from the menu.

This step is also optional - you can return to the desktop to use 'SlideShut' but I think it's more convenient that I can just use it from the taskbar without having to do that.

The Final Result

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When you click the button, your Welcome screen slides down halfway from the top of the screen. Just slide it to the bottom to shut your computer down.

Nice. :)

Summary

Step 1 - Go to your 'System32' folder [C:\Windows\System32]
Step 2 - Scroll down to the 'SlideToShutDown' file
Step 3 - Right-click 'SlideToShutDown'
Step 4 - On the menu that appears, put your cursor on 'Send To'.
Step 5 - Click 'Desktop (create shortcut)'.
Step 6 - Return to your Desktop - the SlideToShutDown icon is ready to use.

Steps 7 to 14 are optional - there is no need to change the icon, rename it, or pin it to the taskbar.

Step 7 - Right-click this new icon and click on 'Properties'
Step 8 - A window appears - click the middle button which says 'Change Icon'
Step 9 - An error message appears - click 'OK'
Step 10 - Choose your preferred icon by clicking it
Step 11 - Click 'OK'
Step 12 - Click 'OK' on the 'Properties' window to close it.
Step 13 - Right-click the icon and click 'Rename' from the menu.
Step 14 - Type in a better name.
Step 15 - Right-click the icon and now click 'Pin to Taskbar' from the menu.

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    • Terrex profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrex 

      3 years ago

      @Shogun.

      Thanks! Spread the word :)

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      Shogun 

      3 years ago

      Very good tutorial.I like this feature and I will be so glad to use it.

    • Terrex profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrex 

      3 years ago

      @BoB

      Thanks! I only discovered it by accident while fiddling a few months ago :)

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      BoB 

      3 years ago

      Nice! Cute! I did not know this, either.

      And a very good job of explaining it.

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