Create Slide To Shutdown shortcut in Windows 10

Microsoft has give us an even easier way to shut down Windows 10/8.1 tablets or touch devices. The Slide To Shut Down feature will make the lock screen roll down half way through the screen. Then all you need to do is to pull it down to shut down your PC. This SlideToShutDown.exe tool is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

To quickly shut down your Windows 10/8.1 touch device, you can create a Slide To Shutdown shortcut on your desktop.

Create Slide To Shutdown shortcut

Create Slide To Shutdown shortcut

Tablet users especially, may find this feature more useful, if you create its shortcut on the desktop or pin it to your taskbar.

To create a Slide To Shutdown shortcut, right-click on your Windows desktop and select New > Shortcut. Now in the Create Shortcut wizard that opens, in the Type the location of the item field, copy-paste the following:


Click on Next.

Give the shortcut a name – say SlideToShutDown, and click on Finish and you will have created its desktop shortcut.

Give it a smart icon and pin it to your taskbar, if you wish.

Now when you want to shutdown your your tablet or touch device, touch this icon.

The lock screen will roll down half way through the screen and stay there.

Slide To Shut Down on Windows 8.1

Drag it down to the bottom edge of the screen and your computer will commence shutdown.

If you do not slide the screen down within the stipulated time, it will roll back up again, in around 20 seconds.

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