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Turn Computer Off With Desktop Shortcut

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This tip is written for PC (Windows) users. Here is the quick and easy way to create a shortcut on your desktop to turn off your computer.

Copy this text:

Shutdown.exe -s -t 00

Right click on an empty area of your desktop. In the drop down menu, select 'New'. Then select 'Shortcut'.

In the 'Type the location of the item' field, paste the text you copied
Then select 'Next'.

Here, you can name the shortcut whatever you like or leave it as is. Then select 'Finish'. Your shutdown shortcut now appears on your desktop. Click on it any time you want to turn your computer off.

I chose not to leave my icon plain. I made an easy-to-see icon as a replacement. I named it 'OFF'. If anyone is interested in how to do this, I can show how in another tip.

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May 17, 20170 found this helpful

Also, you can create a 'Reboot' shortcut just as easily in case you need to turn your computer off, then immediately back on, again.

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

I guess I have just always accepted the fact that I had to go through the loops that windows sets up to turn off (or reboot) my computer, so thanks, I will set this up on my (numerous) computers in strategic places all over my house. I just never get rid of my older computers - I just move them to another place (even a temporary place for one in my greenhouse). I just buy protection that covers unlimited devices so no worries there.

Thanks for the tip (and reboot to come) as I will sure put it to good use.

Betty

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

How about another tip that will cut your number of mouse clicks in half? No more double clicking. Easier than this tip. Nothing to copy or paste.

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

Well, actually, you didn't have to. You could just use the off button on your computer. But, as you almost always have your mouse in your hand, what could be easier than using it to turn off the computer?

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

Actually, my latest computer is another laptop and W10 Pro and it seems Microsoft does not like you using a simple off button and many times will do all kinds of "junk" when you turn it back on so I always use my mouse (and another keyboard) but it does take more than a click so this will work better for me. I like shortcuts of all kinds and use several that I gathered from Dear Webby (I like his site).

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

I have a machine with Win10 on it too. I can't install Google Desk Bar on it and it doesn't have Movie Maker on it. Because of that, I will be using it very little.

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May 23, 20170 found this helpful

Actually, there are a lot of reasons I wont be using Win10 that much. These two reasons just happen to be the ones that bug me the most.

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May 25, 20170 found this helpful

I consider it a shame in this day and age that you have to buy a computer and actually use it before you can tell if it is anything like what you are really looking for.

This is one of the reasons that I keep my older computers as XP still has many things that I like to use and W7 is still a great operating system and probably used more than any other. My oldest son is almost a computer genius and worked in engineering (mostly research and development) for over 35 years and he made the comment that stuff like W10 is the reason that many people think engineers "need their head examined".

I find very little to like about W10 and quite a bit to despise/dislike. Maybe people new to computers will be the ones to keep it going or we may soon have a "newer" version.

I really like my media system on W7.

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May 27, 20170 found this helpful

Do you mean 'Media Center'? I haven't used 7 that much. Vista has Media center, as well. I'm thinking about getting a TV tuner card. You can watch TV right on your monitor screen. What a change that would be. I haven't owned a TV in 20+ years. (Haven't missed it, either).

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May 28, 20170 found this helpful

I never used Media Center. I just kept it in the back of my mind in case I wanted to get a TV tuner card. Since you said you like it I set it up and tried it.

I played one of my videos on it and found the rendering was not very smooth. I played the same video with VLC (a free media player (it plays a lot of formats Windows media center can't)), and it played the video much more smoothly.

I think I did a post here on TF about how very often free software is better than what comes with the computer.

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June 1, 20170 found this helpful

My Media Center is almost completely separate from my computer and has a lot of things available that I do not use. I believe we are probably not talking about the same thing as I do not use what Microsoft calls Media Center. My programs work great for me but I am sure that you have much more sophisticated runs than I do and I have W7 - never had Vista or 2000 or Millennium. My oldest son keeps all of my computers running smoothly so I never have to worry. He likes a lot of the free programs and I think he uses a free video program also. I will be glad to see something replace W10 (hopefully something even just a little better).

I have a TV service but just for Fox news and never watch anything else but it is free with my Internet service or I would not have it. I do use my TV for movies (like African Queen - can you believe - 1951) and occasionally I watch YouTube.

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June 1, 20170 found this helpful

Honey,

Now you're talking my language. The African Queen! I downloaded the movie so I could watch it whenever I like. Katharine Hepburn was my all time favorite actress for years. Then I saw Geraldine Page in 'Trip To Bountiful'. I was transformed forever!!

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June 1, 20170 found this helpful

I just found out The Trip To Bountiful is on YouTube, full length an in HD. Everybody should see this movie at least once. Oh! If you are human, you WILL cry.

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