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How to Add a Shutdown Desktop Shortcut in Windows 11

Save a few clicks by adding a shutdown desktop shortcut for Windows 11.

When you’re done with your PC for the day, shutting down your computer is the final step before you get on with your life. There are lots of built-in ways to shut your PC down, such as through the Start menu, using a built-in keyboard button, and pressing (not holding!) the power button on your PC.

However, Windows does let you shut down your PC via a desktop or taskbar shortcut, but it does a poor job explaining how to do it. As such, here’s how to make a shutdown shortcut on Windows 11.

How to Add a Shutdown Button to the Windows 11 Desktop

You don’t need any extra software to add a Shutdown button to the Windows 11 desktop. It’s simply a matter of adding a new option shortcut to the desktop, which is a bit different from a standard software one. Instead of specifying a location, you enter a command for the option’s shortcut. You can add a Shutdown button to the desktop as follows.

  1. Right-click the Windows 11 desktop and select the New context menu option.
  2. Select Shortcut to open the Create Shortcut window
  3. Now input shutdown /s /t 0 within the location text box as in the screenshot directly below.
    The Create a Shortcut Window
  4. Click the Next button to proceed to the naming step.
  5. Type Shutdown within the text box.
  6. Press the Finish button to add the shortcut to the desktop.

To add an icon to your new Shutdown button, right-click the shortcut and select Properties. Then press the Change Icon button on the Shortcut tab to bring up the window shown directly below. There select the red shutdown icon for the shortcut, and click the OK option. Press the Apply button, and click OK to exit the window.

The Change Icon window

Alternatively, you can get many other alternative shutdown icons for the button from the IconArchive website. Enter the keyword shutdown in that site’s search box to find some icons. Then choose an icon you like, and select the ICO button to save it to a folder.

When you’ve done that, bring up the Change Icon window for the Shutdown button again. Click Browse on that window to select the custom icon you’ve downloaded. Select it within the Change Icon window, and click OK > Apply.

The Change Icon window

Now you can try out your new Shutdown button. Click the button on the desktop to shut down Windows 11. You’ll never need to select the Start menu option again!

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You can also set up restart and sleep desktop buttons much the same. However, you’ll need to specify different commands for them within the item location text box in the Create Shortcut window. These are the commands you’ll need to enter for the restart and sleep buttons:

  • Restart: shutdown /r /t 0
  • Sleep: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

How to Pin the Shutdown Shortcut to the Taskbar

Would you prefer to have a Shutdown button on the taskbar? If so, you can pin the desktop Shutdown shortcut to the taskbar. To do so, right-click that button and select Show more options. Select Pin to taskbar on the classic context menu.

A Shutdown taskbar button

Thereafter, you can remove the desktop Shutdown shortcut if you prefer. To do that, right-click that button on the desktop and select the Delete (dustbin icon) option.

How to Add a Keyboard Shortcut for the Shutdown Button

Alternatively, you can set up a keyboard shortcut for the desktop Shutdown button. By doing so, you can press the hotkey for the shortcut to shut down Windows 11. Here’s how you can add a hotkey for the Shutdown button shortcut.

  1. Right-click the Shutdown button on the desktop to select its Properties option.
  2. Click inside the Shortcut key box within the Shortcut tab.
  3. Press the S keyboard key to set up a Ctrl + Alt + S hotkey for the shortcut.
    The Shortcut key box
  4. Select the Apply button to save the new keyboard shortcut setting.
  5. Click OK to close the window.

Now press the Ctrl + Alt + S hotkey to shut down Windows 11. That’s a convenient keyboard shortcut for the Shutdown button on the desktop. Note, however, that the shortcut must remain on the desktop for its hotkey to work. So, don’t delete the desktop Shutdown button


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