| By Fred Langa |
Tools built into every version of Windows let you create customized shutdown shortcuts.
It’s easy to add shutdown, reboot, suspend, hibernate, or other options to your desktop — if that’s what you want or need.
In search of simpler Windows shutdowns
Tom Wilson is looking for a more convenient way to shut down his PC:
- “Can you help me? I want a desktop-shutdown option for Windows (XP SP3) with a cancelable delay so I have, say, 60 seconds to change my mind. I see this on Apple computers and am jealous!”
Here’s one of the simplest desktop-shutdown methods. It works on all versions of Windows from XP through Win7. In a minute, I’ll explain how it works and how to customize it. But for now, let’s try a quick demo.
Right-click an empty spot on your desktop and select New, Shortcut. A dialog will open. Different versions of Windows show slightly different dialogs, but they all have a text box into which you enter a command or program name and (if needed) path.
Enter the following text into the box (note the space in front of the slash):