Create Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Suspend Shortcuts on Windows Desktop

At times, we do feel the need of having a simple and easy way for accessing different Windows menus. One way is by using Keyboard Shortcuts to shut down Windows. Another way is by creating shortcuts for these menus. This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating desktop shortcuts for various power option menus in Windows – shortcut to shut down, restart, log off and suspend your Windows computers easily.

Create SHUTDOWN shortcut

Right click on an empty area on your desktop. Select New > Shortcut.

In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, type :

Shutdown -s -t 00

shutdown shortcut

Click Next. Name the shortcut: Shutdown, and click Finish.

Then select an appropriate icon for it!

To give it an icon, right-click on the newly created shortcut > Properties > Shortcut tab > Change Icon button. Select one from the system icons or browse to the icon of your choice and click OK.

Create RESTART Shortcut

In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, type :

Shutdown -r -t 00

Click Next. Name the shortcut: Restart, and click Finish.

Again, select an appropriate icon for it.

Create LOG OFF Shortcut

In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, type :

Shutdown.exe -L

Click Next. Name the shortcut : Log Off, and click Finish.

Then select an appropriate icon for it.

Create SUSPEND shortcut

In the Create Shortcut wizards location text box appears, type:

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState

Give the shortcut a name like Hibernate and select an icon for it.

There is an easier way out – you can also use our Handy Shortcuts, a freeware to create and many other shortcut. Pin the created shortcuts to your Start Screen, Start Menu or Taskbar. You can also add a shortcut to Sleep Mode. Normally you have to enter the “administrator password” every time, since the system command needs elevated privileges. But a program created by hackerman1 works without any password. Take a look at this post in our TWC forum.

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8 Comments

  1. pbrigido

    What a great practical tool! I actually went to the Handy Shortcuts link provided and downloaded it. I love simple yet effective things like this. Thanks much!

  2. hackerman1

    Hi !

    There is also a way to add a shortcut to “sleep-mode”.
    Normally you have to enter the “administrator password” every time, since the system command needs elevated privileges.
    But my program works without any password.
    Read my post in the forum.
    “A program to put your computer in sleep-mode, without any passwords.”:
    http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/windows-tips-tutorials-articles/35365-program-put-your-computer-sleep-mode-without-any-passwords.html

  3. taewoo hong

    hey im on windows 7 pro but my logging off wont work plz help

  4. nguyenhuuhieu

    Is there anyway for these shortcut to ask before shutdown/sleep/lock? Like when you double click one, it will show a message saying “Are you sure want to shutdown? Yes / No” to prevent missing click? Please answer, I need this. Thanks.

  5. Shaun

    Actually, the shortcut I use sort of does this. Instead of just executing one action, it opens the “Shut Down Windows” dialog box. Shutdown is the default selection, but you can select Sleep, Restart, Log Off, or Switch User very easily.

    Use this command in your shortcut:
    taskkill.exe /im explorer.exe

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  7. Jasmine

    thanks and it works in windows 10, but i am wandering for LOCK shortcut, so is there any way to create a shorctur for LOCK in windows 10?

  8. Lars Vassenjansen

    Ummm, it’s called pressing the Win+L keys simultaneously :/

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