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Add Shutdown and Reboot to the Windows 8 Win+X Menu

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Shutting down and restarting your computer should both be easy tasks, right? Well, in Windows 8, these tasks are not straightforward. However, there are easier ways of shutting down and restarting your Windows 8 computer.

We’ve showed you before how to shut down or restart your Windows 8 computer and how to add shut down, restart, and sleep shortcuts to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen.

Recently, we wrote about the new Win+X menu in Windows 8 and showed you how to add items to it manually and using a free tool. The Win+X menu has many useful commands and system utilities and seems to be the perfect place to put shortcuts for shutting down and restarting your computer. We will show you how to add shut down and restart shortcuts to the Win+X menu.

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First, you need to create shortcuts for the Shut Down and Restart commands. To do this, see our article about adding shut down and restart shortcuts to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen.

Once you have your shortcuts, modify the shortcut files and add them to the Win+X Menu manually or use the Win+X Menu Editor to add them to the Win+X menu.

We decided to put the shortcuts in their own new group so they are separated from the rest of the options on the Win+X menu.

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Once you have manually restarted Windows Explorer or applied the changes in the Win+X Menu Editor, the Restart and Shut Down commands are available on the Win+X menu.

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Remember that the Windows 8 was designed with tablets, like the iPad, in mind, so it has a different concept about certain features. You generally don’t shut down tablets completely. They just go into low power mode when you press the power button. That’s why the shut down feature is hidden. It’s not meant to be used a lot. However, adding shut down and restart shortcuts to the Win+X menu, or the Start screen, makes it easier for those of us using desktop computers or laptops we shut down to transport often.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 05/14/12

Comments (11)

  1. Fantasm

    Ummm
    Why is this even necessary? Windows 8 I mean… It seems like it’s designed to be stupid…
    (As for shutting down tablets… I do shut mine down….)
    Windows 8 will be the most spectacular fail of 2012

  2. Whae

    @Fantasm

    Agree. Win 8 = usability fail. I guess even when you see something is going in the wrong direction, keep doing it… (sarcasm)

  3. Bob1001

    Bob1001 Hi Geek! In all the snippets of Windows 8, I have not come across anything that tells me I NEED it. What can Windows 8 do for me that XP and Windows 7 can?

    Windows seems like a pure waste of time, according, most likely, to my ignorance.

  4. Bob1001

    Bob1001 Hi Geek! Nothing in all the snippets I have read/seen on Windows 8 tells me what benefit there is to me over my XP and Windows 7. So why do I NEED it?

  5. Brian

    I don’t get it. windows 8 is not near release and it will be YEARS before most readers will get it, if it doesn’t go the way of Vista. What is the point of all these Win* tricks and tips?
    Uninteresting for most of us. There are two today alone.

  6. Anonymous

    I could care less! Startup, shutdown Windows 8 however you like – I’m done! I’m aborting the entire Microsoft world.

    If you ask me, 8 sucks in so many ways I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve been using Windows since at least 3.1 under MS-DOS and have updated and upgraded at nearly every iteration. But I’m getting pretty darn sick and tired of Microsoft treating me and every other consumer like some kind of cash cow just so Uncle Bill can go give away laptops to starving Africans or something. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for Mr. Bill’s philanthropy, but do you think maybe he could turn it around and “give” his consumers a break? Especially now that the economy which made him so rich is doing so poorly? Just maybe?!

    Every time I jump to a newer version of Windows the price seems to double or triple for pretty much no reason other than possibly better security or fake performance increases. Never mind the increased hardware requirements or Microsoft’s terrible record on security or anything. So as far as 8 goes, it seems to me that Microsoft is doing the exact same song and dance all over again. Hopefully, we won’t all jump like Lemmings this time (although I’m not holding my breath).

    As far as I’m concerned – or was, the entire reason I even use Windows is/was for Media Center. And now that Microsoft wants to extort even more money – and despite any previous promises – I think I’ve had it with Microsoft. I’m done with Windows. I may not like Ubuntu very much but at least it’s free.

    Maybe someday the collective geniuses in the Linux World will come up with a distro that’s as easy to install and use as Windows 7 is with Media Center. But for now, I’ll have to deal with the brain damaged world of Ubuntu rather than pay any more money towards Microsoft’s extortion plan. And until someone comes up with something like Media Center I guess I’ll just have to buy a DVR too. So here’s my middle finger extended towards Microsoft.

  7. twowings

    I find it ironic that Microsoft has SO much faith in this latest lash-up that they ‘hide’ most important TWO COMMANDS Windows users have been forced to use on a regular basis to use ANY version of Windows !!
    If I had a nickle for every time I’ve had to reboot or shutdown a Windows machine I wouldn’t be as rich as
    Gates but I could probably afford to live in the same neighborhood !

  8. clamo

    @Fantasm: it because Microcrap is stupid. its funny they post pone win 8 release so more software and drivers can be ready @ the new launch…..and its been @ least 3+ months scenes the developers version was released and I still see nothing but Nvidia drivers for it LoL. and the new release date is in the fall. IMO win 8 will be MS downfall. as ive already switched back as my system keeps locking up as a lot of my hardware is not 100% compatible, even after updates.

  9. Silsila

    THE MAIN ADVANTAGE OF MICROSOFT WINDOWS WAS EASINESS OF USE AND USER FRIENDLY INTERFACES. BUT IN WINDOWS 8, FROM THE WELCOME SCREEN ITSELF USERS START TO FINDING THEIR PATHS WHICH USUALLY THEY FOLLOWED…
    WHY MS PLANNED TO CHANGE SOME INTERFACES WHICH USERS FAMILIAR WITH…BUT THE CHANGES WE NOTICED IN UBUNTU ALSO … THEY STARTED UNITY FROM VER11.04..
    BUT IAM SURE THESE CHANGES IN MS WINDOWS 8 WILL AFFECT THEIR POPULARITY COMPARING WITH OTHER RELAESES….

  10. Sid

    To each his own. of all the windows products I have used, Win 8 is the easiest of them all and the capabilites that it offers is above all. the one person who asks what win 8 can do that 7 and xp cannot, how does 20 seconds cold boot startup time sound to you? by the time you login to the slow systems that you so much pray on, I would be shutting my system down cause I will be done already.

  11. missy

    now my computer wont even turn on and am nat sure how i am going to repair it and can i at least get an email that tells me how to go about it ((((( not fair at all i give up on the whole microsoft world its giving me a headache wtf !!!! please i need a solution

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