Shutdown and Restart icons on your desktop!!

Shutdown and Restart shortcuts !

Did you know that you can create two shortcuts on your desktop for shutdown and restart for quick execution process ?? Many people add those shortcuts on their desktops as they feel its more convenient to shutdown or restart their PCs quickly.

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Are those shortcuts applicable for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7?

Yes, you can apply the below steps on whatever Windows version mentioned above you are using.

How can I add Shutdown and Restart shortcut icons on my desktop?

For the Shutdown shortcut icon, follow the below steps:

  • Right click on Desktop.
  • Select New, then click on Shortcut.

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  • Type shutdown -s -t 00 in the location field and click Next:

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  • Type the name of your Shortcut (you can erase the ,exe from the name).

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  • Click on Finish and the shortcut now is ready.

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For the Restart shortcut icon, it’s the same process only use this code  shutdown -r -t 00 .


You may refer to the below codes for customizable shutdown:

  • To force the running applications to shutdown  shutdown -f
  • To log off the current user  shutdown -l
  • This one as used to put duration delay before shutdown  shutdown -t nn *nn is the time in seconds.
  • To display a message in the System Shutdown windows, max 127 characters and must be enclosed in quotation marts  shutdown -c “message”

Those can be used also for the restart shortcuts.


How can I change the icon of this shortcut?

You can change the resulted icon to make it more identifiable from the others… follow the below steps:

  • Right click on “shutdown.exe” icon.
  • Click on Properties.

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  • Click the Change Icon button.

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  • If you receive the below message, click on OK.

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  • Select any Icon you like and click on OK button.

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  • Click Ok again.

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  • Now you have the final shutdown shortcut icon.

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8 Thoughts to “Shutdown and Restart icons on your desktop!!”

  1. Abdulla

    nice things we appreciate this job

  2. latif

    when I make shortcute apper shurtcut not found waht the solve

  3. Dear Latif, what I understood from your question that when you make a shortcut following my tutorial you cannot find it on your desktop, that is weird, it is so simple maybe you have many icons on your desktop that you need to search for it to find it..

    please provide more information if you think the problem is not what I understood it.


  4. latif

    thank you for tips I want send to me all new video please

  5. Ken

    Is the location of the green Windows Restart a secret of some kind? It’s not in shell32.dll or in moricons.dll; though shell32.dll has 2 copies of the shutdown and logoff icons.

  6. Ken

    Sorry, “…green Windows Restart ICON…” . You give instructions on how to create a shutdown and restart shortcut on the desktop but not where to find the appropriate icons.

  7. Ken

    The idea behind the tutorial is to create the shortcuts, regarding the icons you may select any icon you like to represent the restart and the shutdown.

    Please follow exactly the steps in my tutorials to find the default windows icons..

    If you are facing a different issue please post it here.


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