Rapidly Shutdown or Hibernate your PC

This is a follow on from the

Power Manage your Desktop PC

article

Rapid Shutdown your PC

How would you like to be able to shutdown your PC rapidly by the click of just one button?

This technique involves creating a shortcut with a command and some switches. Don't worry it's not as complicated as it sounds.

Right-Click your desktop and from the Context Menu select New / Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard will appear. Where is says "Type the location of the item:" enter the following text:

%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 0 -c "shutting down"

Click the Next button and type in a name for the shortcut such as "Rapid Shutdown"or accept the default name of "shutdown.exe". Now Click the Finish button.

At this point you should have a fully functioning "Rapid Shutdown" shortcut but lets give it an icon to make it look better.

Right-Click the new shortcut and select Properties. On the Shortcut Tab Click the Change Icon button. You can now choose a standard windows icon or browse to any other Icon (.ico) files you have on your computer.

I like to use the icon. If you like drag the new shortcut to your Quick Launch Bar

Rapid Hibernate

This is a very similar technique to that above but yo first need to ensure that you have Hibernate enabled. The procedure in Windows XP is Start / Control Panel, then Double-Click Power Options. Click the Hibernate Tab and Tick the Enable Hibernation checkbox. Click OK.

Now, Right-Click your desktop and from the Context Menu select New / Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard will appear. Where is says "Type the location of the item:" enter the following text:

%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState


Click the Next button and type in a name for the shortcut such as "Hibernate Now". Now Click the Finish button.

Again it's nice to have an appropriate Icon for the new "Hibernate Now" shortcut. I didn't have a nice icon already on my PC so I made one that looks like this . (Click on the image and you can download a copy of the .ico file for yourself).

Right-Click the new "Hibernate Now" shortcut and select Properties. On the Shortcut Tab Click the Change Icon button and navigate to the .ico file you just downloaded or any other that you wish to use.

That's it. As soon as you click the new shortcut Windows will start to Hibernate.

I hope you will find these little tricks very useful.