I recently polled a group of co-workers to find out their favorite Windows tweak. As it turns out, the most popular tweak is the shutdown shortcut. I can certainly see why as shutting down your computer can take at least three clicks. With a shutdown shortcut, you can shut down your computer in a single click.

Typically when you shut down Windows 7, you would click Start, click Shut Down and click OK. You can make the process slightly faster by creating a shortcut to shutdown Windows 7 on your desktop. When you need to shut down, all you need to do is double click the short cut.

Creating a shutdown shortcut in Windows 7 is a snap.

  1. Right click your desktop, point to New and click Shortcut.
  2. Type in the following command: shutdown.exe –s –t 00. This is the command that will shut down Windows 7.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Type in a name for the shortcut. The obvious name would be Shutdown.
  5. Click Finish.

You may also want to change the icon associated with the shortcut so it resembles something more similar to the shutdown command. You can do this from the shortcut’s properties window. On the Shortcut tab, you will see a button labeled Change Icon. Click the button and select a new icon from the resulting Change Icon dialog box.