How to create a Windows 8 shutdown tile

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Wouldn't you love to have this option in your Windows 8 Start screen?

Last October I explained to how to shut down Windows 8—a subject you wouldn't think would require its own how-to guide. And yet.

At the end of that post (which generated quite the conversation), I promised to return with a shortcut that would minimize the hassles of mousing and clicking through the Settings menu to reach the shutdown option. And then I plumb forgot!

Reader Jodie recently called me on it, and rightly so. Here, then, from the Better-Late-Than-Never Dept., is your guide to creating a shutdown tile for Windows 8:

1. It starts, ironically, in Desktop mode, which you can reach by clicking/tapping the Desktop tile or pressing Win-D (that's the Windows key and the letter D).

2. Right-click in any open spot on the desktop, then choose New, Shortcut.

3. We're going to make a Shutdown shortcut, so in the location field, type shutdown /p and then click Next.

4. Choose a different name for the shortcut if you want, or leave it as "shutdown," then click Finish.

5. Right-click the new shortcut and choose Pin to Start.

Presto! You're done. The next time you return to the Start screen (aka Metro), you should see a Shutdown tile. One click or tap and your machine should immediately shut down.

You can also use this method to create a reboot tile. Just substitute the following text in step 3: shutdown /r /t 0. (That's a zero at the end, and you shouldn't include the period after it.)

Note that using the reboot tile will immediately reboot Windows, with no second-chance warning.

Note to Microsoft: While you're figuring out this whole Windows Blue thing, why not add a shutdown tile to the Start screen instead of forcing users to do it manually? I mean, seriously, what possible reason could you have for excluding it?

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community ForumsSign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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