Try the Slide-to-Shutdown feature in Windows 10

In Windows 8.1, Microsoft added a secret hidden "Slide to shutdown" feature. Windows 10 also comes with this option. 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.

To see the the Slide to Shutdown feature in Windows 10 in action, do the following:

  • Press Win + R shortcut keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. Tip: See the full list of Win key shortcuts.
  • Type the following in the Run box:

    Windows Run slidetoshutdown

You are done:Windows 10 slidetoshutdown
The Slide to shutdown feature can be used with the mouse as well, you can drag the overlay down with the mouse pointer.

If you want to have permanent access to the feature, you can create a shortcut or pin the slidetoshutdown.exe file to the Start menu or taskbar.

Navigate using File Explorer into the following folder:


There you will find the slidetoshutdown.exe file. Right click it to pin it to Start or to the taskbar.Windows 10 slidetoshutdown pin to start

Alternatively, you can drag the slidetoshutdown.exe file to Desktop while holding down the Alt key. This will create a shortcut on the Desktop.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Try the Slide-to-Shutdown feature in Windows 10”

  1. I know that this is not relevant but may I ask how to disable “Always use this app to open (file name extension) files” checkboxes in Open With dialogs? I found a tutorial on how to do this in Windows XP and Windows 7 but no luck with Windows 10.

      1. I‘ve this already set, I mean the checkbox in Open With dialogs. Here‘s a screenshot:

        1. Ah. That is a new feature of Windows 10.
          It is not known yet how to disable that checkbox (and if it is even possible).

          1. Well, OpenWith.exe is responsible for this. I hope that in the future someone will figure out how to disable that checkbox.

  2. Could someone create a program that displays the wallpaper and allows you to slide down to run shutdown.exe for Windows 7?

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