Create a desktop icon that can trigger a quick Windows 7 Shutdown

If you have many programs running, there’s a chance that you’ll see a nice looking screen shown after you’ve chosen to restart or shutdown your computer. This screen lists the programs that are still open, and they fall off the list as they are being closed by Windows.

Well, sometimes if an application doesn’t close and holds up the process, a dialog box will be displayed where you choose to force or cancel the shutdown. Well, this is great when you forget to save something that you were working at (e.g. a document in MS Word) but it can be also very annoying when you want to shutdown the computer in a hurry and the computer lingers on.

Ok, there is a nice trick to force the computer to shutdown without having to press the “Force shut down” button when it’s displayed. We will create a desktop icon that will perform a Windows 7 Shutdown with the “-f” parameter which means force shutdown.

Right-click any unused area of your desktop > New > Shortcut > type (or copy and paste) the next line:

shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f

Click Next > type a name for the shortcut > Finish.

From now on, when you want to shut down your computer without any further intervention, simply use this shortcut. You can actually use it always, just make sure you save what you’re working on before you hit the shortcut.

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