I have to admit when I first started using Windows 8 and tried to shut it down for the first time I was a little frustrated. Even after I learned how to properly shutdown the system, I wasn't really happy with any method I found, until I came up with the solution below.
- On an empty area of the Windows desktop, right-click and select New > Shortcut. When the 'Create Shortcut' dialog box appears, type shutdown /s /t 0 and press the Next button.
- to restart the computer, use: shutdown /r /t 0
- to hibernate the computer, use: shutdown /h /t 0
- to log-off of the current session, use: logout
- Give the shortcut a name, and then press the Finish button.
- Right-click the new shortcut icon, and select Properties.
- In the Properties window, click in the box next to the Shortcut key. Type in your desired shortcut. For example, press CTRL+ALT+S (or anything else you want, personally I use CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+S to help avoid accidentally shutting down the computer).
- Press the OK button.
Note: This trick can be used on just about any application shortcut, and in most versions of Windows.
Bonus Tip: another quick way to shutdown Windows is to click an empty area of the desktop and press ALT+F4.