After noticing that Windows 8 doesn’t have a desktop shutdown button, I decided to make my own. We’ve shown you this before, but as an added bonus I thought it would be nice to have a second button that cancels the shutdown incase it was ever accidentally pressed. You can make your own by following these instructions or just download a pre-made set at the bottom.
Right-Click the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
In the location box type:
Name the shortcut “Shut Down” or whatever you like.
Right-Click the new shortcut and select Properties.
On the shortcut tab click the “Change Icon…” button.
By default it should be in the
%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll directory however if it isn’t just paste it into the top line. Select the red Shut Down icon and click OK, then Click OK again to exit the properties window.
Now you have a shutdown button on your desktop.
To make the Abort button we’ll just repeat the above process but instead point the shortcut to:
The shortcut Icon can be found in the same directory as before:
If you’d rather skip all of the above steps and just download the shortcut set, it is available here. Simply extract it and place it wherever you like.