Windows 7 Shutdown Shortcut

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I love your website and appreciate all the help you give us.

Several years ago you told how to do a quick shut down when I had XP.

Now I have Windows 7 and it would not work.

Can you tell me how to do a quick shutdown with it?

Thank you so much, Carolyn from Indiana

Dear Carolyn,

Here is how to create a shutdown shortcut in Windows 7:

1. Right-click on your desktop, point to “New” in the context menu and click on “Shortcut”.

2. In the shortcut dialog box that appears, you will need to type this exact command:

Shutdown.exe -s -t 00

and click “Next”.

3. Type a name for your shortcut (Shutdown is a good name) and click “Finish”.

Your shutdown shortcut will have a generic icon, and if you want to, you can right click on the shortcut, click “Properties” in the context menu, then click the “Change Icon” button to select an icon.

If you want a fast way to shut down your Windows 7 computer using the keyboard, try this quick shortcut:

Press and release the Windows Logo key
Press and release the right arrow key
Press and release the enter key



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    • caroljon
    • March 31, 2015

    Thank you so much for answering my question about a quick shut down on Windows 7! I always enjoy all the info you send to us. Again – thank you for being so kind and helping us.


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