How to shut down Windows 7 or reboot it from the desktop
In Windows 7, you can not only create shortcuts to open files and folders, but also to perform specific actions. With just a single click of a shortcut, you can shut down Windows 7 or reboot the computer.
A shortcut can also be created to log off the current user. You can even add a countdown with a warning message that the PC will be shut down after the specified time.
Here are the steps to shut down Windows 7 or reboot it from the desktop:
[box_light]Create shortcuts to shut down Windows 7, reboot it, or log off a user[/box_light]
- Right-click an empty space on the desktop and from the menu, select ‘New’ and then click on the option ‘Shortcut’.
- In the ‘Create Shortcut’ window, browse to the file path: ‘C:\Windows\System32\Shutdown.exe’.
- Click the ‘Next’ button, give a name to the shortcut, and click ‘Finish’.
- Assign options to log off, shut down, or reboot Windows 7: Right-click on the desktop shortcut and select ‘Properties’. In the ‘Target’ box, add one of the following commands at the end:Â ‘-l’Â (to log off),Â ‘-s’Â (to shut down), orÂ ‘-r’Â (to reboot).
- Add a countdown to shut down Windows 7: Add the commandÂ ‘-t xx’Â (where xx is the number of seconds for the countdown) to the end of the ‘Target’ box. The shutdown screen will display the countdown and a warning message before Windows 7 shutdown is activated.
- There’s also an option to display your own personalized message on the Windows 7 shutdown screen. Just add the command ‘-c “Text of the message”’ to the end of the ‘Target’ box.
By following these steps, you will be able to create shortcuts to shut down Windows 7, reboot it, or log off a user right from the desktop.