Shutdown PC From Desktop Icon: 3 Quick steps


The following steps will allow you to create a desktop icon to shutdown your PC!

Step 1

Right click on Desktop. Click on New > Shortcut

Nw Shortcut

Step 2

On the pop-up, type the exact words and click next: shutdown.exe -s

Shutdown shortcut

shutdown PC exe

Step 3

Give any name of the new icon created. Voila!

shutdown icon name


  • The shutdown.exe -s command means to shutdown PC whereas shutdown.exe -r means restarting your computer. You can replace s by r or create a new shortcut for restart.


  • Computer shall shutdown PC in 30 seconds with shutdown.exe -s command. If you want to increase the time to 90 seconds, here is the code: shutdown.exe -s -t90. You just have to add -t and suffix the seconds.

shutdown timer

You can Hibernate, Sleep or even lock your computer using the above methods. Just change these codes in step 2:


  • Hibernate code: rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState


  • Sleep code: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0 


  • Computer Lock code: Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation


You can now see that a desktop shortcut is created that will Shutdown PC.

click on shutdown exe

shutdown PC

Find the video of this tutorial below:


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