Windows 7 – Shutdown and Restart Shortcut

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Tired of using couple of steps to Shutdown or Restart Windows 7? You can create a shortcut to shutdown or restart Windows 7 by the following steps.

  • Right-click on the Desktop region and select New > Shortcut. Create Shortcut wizard appears.
  • Enter the following in the box shutdown -s -t 10. This is shown in the screen shot. Click Next.

-s denotes shutdown and -t denotes the time in seconds for the shutdown (10 seconds in this example). The entire usage for shutdown.exe command is given in a subsequent section.

  • Enter a name for the shortcut say, Shutdown.
  • Click Finish to create the shortcut. A shortcut is now created in your Desktop. Note that the shortcut has a generic icon displayed. Like to change the icon?
  • Right-click on the shortcut and choose <Properties> button. Properties window appears.
  • Choose <Change Icon> button.
  • Click the Browse button and select an icon of your choice. Click <OK>.
  • Choose <Apply> to finish. You can also drag this icon to Quick Launch toolbar.
  • Click the Shutdown icon to shutdown your computer. Ofcourse, ensure all work is saved – setting a reasonable time for shutdown will also give you a chance to save any unsaved work at the end as there is no cancel option once you have initiated the shutdown.

Shutdown Usage

Usage for various arguments is given below.


Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
[/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c “comment”]]

No args    Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
/?         Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
/i         Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
This must be the first option.
/l         Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
/s         Shutdown the computer.
/r         Shutdown and restart the computer.
/g         Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
rebooted, restart any registered applications.
/a         Abort a system shutdown.
This can only be used during the time-out period.
/p         Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
Can be used with /d and /f options.
/h         Hibernate the local computer.
Can be used with the /f option.
/e         Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
/m \\computer Specify the target computer.
/t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
/c “comment” Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
/f         Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
specified for the /t parameter.
/d [p|u:]xx:yy  Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
u indicates that the reason is user defined.
If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is
xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).


Shortcut to Restart

  • The steps to create a Restart shortcut are the same as above with the following usage

shutdown -r -t 10 (-r denotes restart option and -t denotes the time in seconds for the restart).

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