How to shut Down Windows 8 quickly

Shutting down Windows 8 the usual way involves multiple steps. You have to open the Charms bar, click “Settings”, then “Power”, and finally “Shut down”. Here is how to create a desktop shortcut that will reduce these four steps to just one.

Go to the Desktop
Right-click an empty spot on the Desktop
Choose “New-Shortcut”
Go to the line labelled “Type the location of the item…”
Enter: shutdown.exe -s -t 0 (The last character is “zero”.)
Click “Next”
Type a name like Shutdown
Click “Finish”
Once the shortcut is created, you can pin it to the Taskbar:

Right-click the shortcut
Click “Pin to Taskbar”
You can also place the shortcut on the Metro (Modern) interface:

Right-click the shortcut
Click “Pin to Start”
Start in this case refers to the Start Screen and places a copy of the shortcut along with the tiles on the Metro interface.

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