With the launch of Windows 8 CP, Microsoft heated up the operating system market. Many have started using it immediately and needless to mention, most have found it simply intuitive and immersive – thanks to its METRO user interface.
That said; some are still struggling to adapt to new menus in Windows 8. For instance, earlier, Shut Down and Restart options were present just before your eyes, right at start menu window. But in Windows 8 Consumer Preview these options stays hidden and are not readily visible. Although we have seen that there are over 10 different ways to Shutdown or Restart Windows 8, here is another way you can shut down Windows, in a click!
You may be aware of our small 147 KB portable freeware tool HotShut that lets you shutdown, restart, hibernate, lock or log off your Windows computer instantly from your taskbar notification area in a click. Works just fine on Windows 8 too!
While browsing the web, I happened to come across another similar tool by the name – NPower Tray. NpowerTray is another tool that creates a system tray icon to manage standard power options like SHUTDOWN, RESTART, SLEEP and HIBERNATE in a single step. Yes, you have read it right, single step!
When you double-click on its system-tray icon, Windows 8 will get shutdown automatically without displaying any confirmation prompt. Cool, isn’t it?
Also, right-clicking the icon will bring-up all the standard power options like:
- Sleep, Lock
- Log Off
- Force Shutdown
- Force Reboot
- Force Hibernate
- Force Sleep
- Force Log Off.
To start NPowerTray with the System, select ‘About’ from the right-click menus and then check the ‘Start with Windows Desktop’ option.
The main highlight of the application is that, like HotShut, it does not require installation of any kind. Just extract its content to any folder and start using it right away.
Do note that Npower Tray requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile which is included in Windows 8 by default. To use it on other versions such as Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, you will need to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 first.
If you know of any more such similar free tools, please do share them here.