[Tip] Pin “Slide to Shutdown” Shortcut to Windows 8.1 Start Screen

This tutorial will help you in pinning a direct shortcut of hidden secret "Slide to Shutdown" feature to Windows 8.1 Start Screen.

This article has been created and shared by our reader "Sanjay Namdeo".

At the time of Windows 8.1 development and testing, AskVG shared some interesting information about a hidden secret feature "Slide to Shutdown" present in Windows 8.1.

How to Shutdown Windows 8.1 PC Using Hidden Secret "Slide to Shutdown" Feature?

This feature allows you to quickly shutdown Windows 8.1 computer using a simple slide to bottom trick. But this trick is hidden in Windows 8.1 and users can't access it directly.


Today in this tutorial, we are going to share an easy to use method to create a direct shortcut of "Slide to Shutdown" feature. You can put this shortcut on Desktop, Quick Launch bar or pin it to Taskbar or Start Screen for quick and easy access.

Just follow the below steps to pin "Slide to Shutdown" button/tile to Windows 8.1 Start Screen:

1. First of all open Windows Explorer or This PC window and navigate to following folder:


2. There you will see an executable file with the name as SlideToShutDown.exe.

3. Right click on this file and select "Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut)" option.


4. You'll see a new shortcut on desktop named as "SlideToShutDown.exe - Shortcut". Rename it to "Shut Down" or any desired name.

5. Now right click on the shortcut and select Properties. It'll open "Properties" windows for the shortcut.

6. On the "Shortcut" tab, click on "Change Icon" button and change its icon to the correct Shut Down icon. You can set any desired icon for the shortcut.


7. Now cut this shortcut from desktop and paste it into following folder:

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\


You can open the above mentioned folder by typing the path in RUN dialog box and press Enter.

8. Now go to Start Screen and press "Windows+S" keys together to launch Search pane. Now enter "Shut Down" term in search box. Alternatively you can directly start typing "Shut Down" on Start Screen. It'll automatically start searching for the term.

9. Windows will show the "Shut Down" shortcut in the results. Right-click on the entry and select "Pin to Start" option.


10. That's it. Now "Shut Down" button will be available on Start Screen.


Clicking on the shortcut will enable "Slide to Shut Down" Screen. You can slide the screen down to shut down Windows.

Thanks to "Sanjay Namdeo" for contributing to this website...

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Posted in: Windows 8 / 8.1

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  • Nice trick. Thanks VG and Sanjay.

  • I knew about this feature when you mentioned it in the other article VG. But thnx to sanjay for extending the tutorial. :)

  • hi VG
    do we have this option available in windows 8?

  • VG

    ^^ No.

  • Hum, a bit clicky, clicky all this.
    Just create your shortcut, right-click it and choose "pin to startscreen"

  • thanks...

  • I'm very sure that this trick will be incorporated later as a feature for the next update for Windows 8. This slide to shutdown trick will easily avoid accidental shutdowns brought by accidentally clicking a shutdown shortcut tile on a Start Screen. Thanks for giving such useful idea, Sir VG and Sanjay Namdeo!

  • Hello,VG
    Whenever i upgrade to windows 8.1 it says that unable to connect. apx i tried 100 times.
    is it due to low internet conn.

  • For windows 8 it is also saying the same.

  • VG

    ^^ First please check following:


  • so i installed start menu 8, and a link to Games showed up in the new menu, i click on it, and their in the corner is my win index score. yet i click back, and shows only desktop icons. i can't seem to find the games folder. and i thought the win index score had been taken out. any ideas where it is coming from?

  • VG

    ^^ "Windows Experience Index" functionality is still there, only the option has been removed from the UI.

  • How can i show shoutdown ,hibernate as image:

  • VG

    ^^ It was a mockup image to show what should have been the best place to put shutdown options in Windows 8.

  • It will be more useful(fun?)....when you make a keyboard shortcut using Autohotkey..
    and drop it in startup :)

  • very good trick tnx for sharing

  • Great ... thanks ... :)

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