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How to create custom shortcuts in Windows 8

Save time and effort with this simple guide

Save time and effort in Windows 8's Metro interface by creating shortcuts. Here we look at how to create Metro shortcut for a function. Visit Windows 8 Advisor for expert reviews of Windows 8, Windows 8 tips and tricks, as well as expert advice on how to get the most from Windows 8.

How to create a Metro shortcut for a function

Creating a Metro shortcut for a function like shutting down the computer is a little more complex, but doing so will save you the effort of going via the Settings Charm when you want to close down.


Windows 8 synch settings

Step 1.
On the desktop screen right click with the mouse or and choose the New menu, then choose Shortcut.

Windows 8 synch settings

Step 2.
In the box that appears type the following – “shutdown.exe –t 00 –s”. This identifies the shortcut as running the shutdown procedure. When you’ve typed the text, hit Next.


Windows 8 synch settings

Step 3.
Now give your new shortcut a meaningful name, then click Finish

Windows 8 synch settings

Step 4.
The shortcut is placed on the Windows home screen. The default icon is not very nice, so let’s change it. Right click the shortcut and choose Properties.

Windows 8 synch settings

Step 5.
Choose Change Icon and browse the icons that are available. Choose the one you want with a click then choose OK, then click Apply on the Shutdown Properties window. The icon on the desktop shortcut will change to reflect your selection.

Windows 8 synch settings

Step 6.
Now you can right click on the icon and choose Pin to start, and it will be on the Metro start screen.

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