How to Add a Shut Down Tile to Windows 8 Start Screen

Shutting down the PC in Windows 8 is not really a straightforward matter. You have to move your mouse over to the lower-right corner and open up the Power settings before you can select the “Shut Down” option. Using the trick stated here, you can easily pin a “Shut Down” tile to the Start screen where you can select to shut down the PC immediately.

1. In Windows 8, go to the Desktop.

2. Right click the mouse and select “New -> Shortcut”.


3. Enter in the location field “shutdown /p“. Click “Next”, follow by “Finish”.

4. Right click the newly created icon and select “Pin to Start”.


That’s it. You can now shut down directly from the Start screen now.


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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