Slide to Shutdown in Windows 8.1 Preview


Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist
http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory

An interesting possible new feature in Windows 8.1 is the “Slide to Shutdown” feature currently available, but somewhat hidden, in the Windows 8.1 Preview.  The feature basically shortens the number of clicks and gestures needed to turn off the computer from a minimum of four to two, depending on what you are doing when you want to shut down.

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To launch the feature, you have to run the executable file, which is located in the Windows>System32 folder.  The easiest way to find it is to use the search terms “slidetoshutdown” in the file explorer search pane while in the Windows directory:

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Double-click on the executable and the feature will launch (not a very convenient way to use it for sure).  However, if you right-click on the file, you have the option of pinning it to the Start Screen, which will give you a tile like this:

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You can also right-click and send the short-cut to the Desktop, which you can then pin to the TaskBar by dragging the shortcut down:

 

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This works for both the PC and ARM versions of Windows 8.1.

 

It may take a little getting used to, but I see myself preferring this method of turning off my computer. There is no telling if this feature will be available in the released version of Windows 8.1 or how it will work, but for now, I am all in favor of not having to open the Charms Bar, then clicking on settings, and then clicking on the Power Icon, and THEN click on the shutdown option to turn off my computer.  What are your thoughts?

Cheers,

Randy


Comments (2)

  1. MartinJ says:

    Most of the people that I've helped introduce to Windows 8 have initially wondered "how the heck do I turn this thing off now?" And, the usual answer I get after showing them is, "that's weird." I would really like to see the shutdown option added to the user profile tile on the start screen. That would take the same number of gestures and feel more like a built-in feature than the executable option.

  2. royst says:

    Hey Randy,

       Thanks for information…I tried it & I like it.  Mostly for fun, but it reminds me of my wonderful Nokia 920 🙂

    Have A Great Day!

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