Create Slide to Shutdown Shortcut in Windows 10

Back in Windows 8.1, Microsoft added a new way to shutdown the operating system with the "Slide to shutdown" feature. Windows 10 also comes with this option. Slide To Shutdown provides a special user interface to shutdown the OS with a gesture. Let's create a shortcut to activate this feature in Windows 10.

Slide To Shutdown In Logo

The Slide to Shutdown was created for PCs and tablets with Connected Standby. Connected Standby is a power management feature similar to what smartphones have. So, it's typically only enabled on tablets and Windows 10 Mobile devices and not enabled on most Desktop PCs and x86 tablets which do not support the Connected Standby sleep state. But you can still use this Slide to Shutdown feature.  All you need is to create a special shortcut.


To create the Slide to Shutdown shortcut in Windows 10, do the following.

Right click the empty space on your Desktop. Select New - Shortcut in the context menu (see the screenshot).

In the shortcut target box, type the following:


Create Slide To Shutdown Shortcut

On the next page, type Slide to Shut down for the shortcut name, and click on the Finish button to close the New shortcut wizard.

Name Shortcut Slide To Shutdown Shortcut

Alternatively, navigate using File Explorer into the following folder:


Drag the slidetoshutdown.exe file to Desktop while holding down the Alt key. This will create a shortcut on the Desktop.

Slide To Shutdown Exe File

Now, right click the shortcut you created and select Properties.

Slide To Shutdown Shortcut Context Menu

On the Shortcut tab, click on the button Change Icon. Slide To Shutdown Shortcut PropertiesSpecify a new icon from the %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll file. For example, you can use the icon highlighted on the screenshot below.

Slide To Shutdown Shortcut Icon

Click OK to apply the icon, then click OK to close the shortcut properties dialog window.

You are done.

Slide To Shutdown Shortcut

When you double-click the shortcut you created, it will launch Slide to shut down feature on your PC.

Slide To Shutdown In Action

You can use the touch screen or click and drag it with the mouse to the bottom of the screen to power off your device. When the Slide to Shut down user interface is active, you can press the Enter key to turn off your device.

Tip: You can pin the shortcut you created to the taskbar for faster access to this feature. Right click the shortcut and select "Pin to taskbar" from the context menu.

Pin Slidetoshutdown To Taskbar

Slidetoshutdown Pinned To Taskbar

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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