SlideToShutdown is the Start Screen’s power button alternative in Windows 8.1

Do you know that Windows 8.1 comes with an alternative way to shutdown your PC? The feature called 'Slide To Shutdown' provides a fancier user interface to shutdown Windows with a swipe. It was created for PCs and tablets with Connected Standby. Connected Standby is a power management feature similar to what smartphones have. Most Desktop PCs and x86 tablets do not support the Connected Standby sleep state. However, you can use this Slide-to-Shutdown feature regardless. Here's how.

  1. Open File Explorer and point to the following folder:
    c:\Windows\System32
  2. There is a file called SlideToShutdown.exe. Locate it. You can type the name into the Explorer search box to locate it faster.
  3. Right click the file and choose Pin to Start from its context menu.
    pin to start
  4. Now open the Start screen and locate the newly pinned shortcut to SlideToShutdown.
    slidetoshutdown pinned
  5. Change the tile's icon to the one you want as described in the following article: How to change the icon of a pinned desktop app on the Start screen.
    Tip: There is a nice icon in C:\windows\system32\shell32.dll:
    shell32 icon
  6. Now click the tile you just created. This is what you get. You can swipe down using the mouse or using your finger if you have a touch screen:
    slidetoshutdown

That's it. Now you can use the SlideToShutdown feature instead of the power button on the Start screen. Also, you can hide the default shutdown button from the Start screen.

Tip: SlideToShutdown shows your Lockscreen image. If you wish to change the image it shows, change your Lock screen image. You can also use Winaero's Lock Screen Customizer to change the image or do other tweaks.

You might be also interested in learning all the shutdown options in Windows 8.1.

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8 thoughts on “SlideToShutdown is the Start Screen’s power button alternative in Windows 8.1

  1. Usman Mubashir

    I love you

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I love you too!

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  2. Phil

    it’s so cool! thanks so much!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are always welcome :)

      Reply
  3. David H Johnson

    This is why I check your website several times each day! I never know what amazing things you will find!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you very much! :)

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  4. Robby Tan

    Amazing Trick!. Thanks!. One question. Can we tweak this will work when we click the shut down button on power menu?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Unfortunately, this is not possible.

      Reply

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