When Microsoft first released Windows 8, shutting it down was an annoying experience. However, it did get easier with Windows 8.1, and now there are several options you have now to shutdown, sleep, or hibernate in Windows 10.
One of the interesting things you can do is set up the Slide to Shutdown feature which is how it works on Windows Phone 8.1 and 10. Setting this up works very nice if you have a Windows 10 device with touchscreen capability, or just want the option on your desktop.
Create Shortcut to Slide to Shutdown Windows 10 PCs
If you’re the owner of a Surface Pro, you can hold the power button down for a few seconds to get the slide to power off screen, but this creates a shortcut to do the same thing on a traditional laptop or desktop PC.
It’s just a matter of finding the file that’s hidden deep in the System32 folder. There are a couple of ways to do this. First, you could navigate there by going to C:\Windows\System32 and doing a search for sidletoshutdown.exe. Then send it to the desktop as a shortcut.
Or, if you don’t want to navigate through the file system, here’s an easier way to do it. Right-click the desktop and select to create a new shortcut and enter the following path:
Then give the shortcut a name like Slide to Shutdown or whatever works best for you.
There you go! Now when you tap or click the shortcut, you’ll see the following screen. Swipe it down to power off your PC. If you don’t swipe it down for 10 seconds, it will disappear.
In the example above I changed the shortcut icon to a power button. For more on that, check out our article on how to customize Windows icons.
As I mentioned before, this is particularly useful for touchscreen devices, but works on a Windows 10 desktop PC, too. Give it a try and show your friends and co-workers to freak them out.
If you don’t want to create a shortcut for this, you can hit Windows Key + R and type: slidetoshutdown.exe and hit Enter.
And for more on Windows 10 power options and features, check out one of our articles linked below.
- How to Enable Hibernate Mode in Windows 10
- How to Schedule Windows 10 Update Restarts
- How to Enable Wake-on-LAN for Windows 10