The "Shut Down Windows" dialog is one of the faster ways to shutdown your PC. However, in modern versions of Windows, it does not appear unless you press Alt+F4 on the desktop or unless you create a special shortcut to invoke it. In this article I would like to share a trick which allows you to change the default action of the Shut Down Windows dialog in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.
Previously, we covered how to change the default action of the Shut Down Windows dialog using Group Policy. But if your edition of Windows 8 does not include Group Policy Editor, then you might not be able to use that method. Instead, you can use the following trick. It is universal and works regardless of the edition of Windows 8. Follow the instructions below.
- Open the Registry editor (see our detailed tutorial about Registry Editor).
- Go to the following key:
- Create a new DWORD value named Start_PowerButtonAction. This parameter controls the default action in the classic Shut Down dialog which is displayed by the Alt + F4 hotkey.
Set it to one of the following values in decimals depending on what you want the default action to be:2 = set "Shut down" as the default action
4 = set "Restart" as the default action
256 = set "Switch user" as the default action
1 = set "Sign out" as the default action
16 = set "Sleep" as the default action
64 = set "Hibernate" as the default action
Note that Sleep and Hibernate action can be inaccessible in the Shut Down Windows dialog, if you have disabled them in the Power Options Control Panel.
That's it. Now you can set the desired action as the default for the Shut Down Windows dialog in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.