FREE DOWNLOAD: Windows 8.1 Shortcuts for Shutdown, Logoff, Restart, Lock and Hibernate

Here are some ready-made icons you can simply download, unzip and pin to your desktop.  While the command line syntax for each of the shortcuts is listed below so you can configure, I tire of configuring them on new systems. You can simply download the shortcuts (complete with customized icons) at the link below. 


From left to right, top to bottom, here is the configuration behind each shortcut:

  • Shutdown – C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00
  • Restart – C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00
  • Lock – C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  • Logoff – C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -l
  • Hibernate – C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState

Where to Download

You can download a zip files containing the icons at the URL below, no logon required.

Extract to your desktop, where they will be placed in a folder named Shortcuts.


Pin to Start Screen

Inside the folder, right click each icon and select Pin to Start


Then, just move the icons around on the start and resize to your liking.

Other Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Tips

Here are a few other tips you may find useful:

Windows 8.1 Tip: How to Remove an Account from the Windows Mail App

Windows 8 Fix: Power Meter displays Plugged in, not charging

FIX: Windows 8 activation fails with error 0x8007007BIX: Windows 8 activation fails with error 0x8007007B

WIndows 8 User Interface

Working with Modern Apps

Dual Boot and Disk Configurations

Authentication and Account Management

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