The new Windows 8 Start screen hides common Windows commands such as Shutdown, Lock, and Sleep.
But by using a process many Windows users are already familiar with, you can add one-click access to almost any Windows function or application.
Roll your own Windows 8 Start-screen tiles
For anyone used to Windows XP, Vista, or Win7, learning Win8’s tile-based interface (officially known as “Microsoft Design Style” but still referred to by many as “Metro”) is jarring. All the more so because users must adapt to new ways of completing familiar tasks. Even something as simple as shutting down the PC can, at first, be a real head-scratcher.
You can, of course, learn the Windows 8 way of doing things, and other articles in this special Windows Secrets edition will help. But you can also make Win8 work your way by adding custom Start-screen tiles.
Custom tiles not only provide instant access to key system actions (such as Shutdown or Lock), they can also add click-and-run capabilities to nearly any application, utility, or system function you choose.