Reduce the steps required to shutdown, hibernate, sleep or restart Windows 8. Do either of the two items below, or both if you want more ways to do this.
Read Essential Windows 8
for an overview of the parts of Windows 8 you will interact with using touchscreen, mouse, or keyboard. Details on using and customizing Windows 8 can be found in Windows 8 for Seniors
, by Mark Justice Hinton.
- Configure your power button
- Create a desktop shortcut to run the shutdown command, then pin that shortcut to the Start screen
Configure your power button
1. On the Start screen, type power. Select Settings in the Search panel.
Note: Instead, you can go directly to Settings by pressing Win+W, then typing power.
2. In the Search results, select Change What the Power Buttons Do.
3. On the Power buttons screen, next to When I Press the Power button, select the function you want performed:
- Do Nothing
- Sleep: The computer enters a low power state but remains on and will resume function quickly.
- Hibernate: The computer turns off. When you restart, all apps that were running resume running.
- Shutdown: The computer turns off. Running apps will close and will not resume automatically when you restart.
Notes: Hibernate and Shutdown both save more power than does sleep. You may have separate options for plugged-in vs battery (if you have a laptop / tablet).You may have separate functions for a Sleep button (often on the keyboard) and for closing the lid on a laptop. You can configure all available options differently or the same, as you wish.
4. Select Save Changes. You can close the Power Options dialog box or leave it open for testing.
Note: You may want to explore settings on the left side of the Power Options screen: Choose When to Turn Off the Display and Change When the Computer Sleeps.
5. Press the button to perform the action you selected.
Create a desktop shortcut to run one of these commands
1. On the Start screen in Windows 8, switch to the desktop (select Desktop tile or press Win+D).
2. Display the context menu on the desktop (touch and hold until a square appears or right-click).
3. Select New > Shortcut.
4. Type (or copy and paste) the text following the colon on one of the lines below into the first text box in the Shortcut dialog box.
- hibernate: shutdown /h
- shutdown: shutdown /s
- sleep: Rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep [see update below]
- restart: shutdown /r
5. Select the Next button.
6. Type appropriate text in box.
7. Select the Finish button.
Note: Repeat these steps to create additional shortcuts, if you wish.
8. To pin a shortcut to the Start screen: On the desktop, display the context menu for the shortcut you created (touch and hold until a square appears, then release — don’t tap or you’ll run the shortcut — or right-click with mouse pointer over shortcut).
9. On the context menu, select Pin to Start.
Note: you can repeat Step 8 to select Pin to Taskbar to add this to the taskbar on the desktop.
10. On the Start screen, find your pinned shortcut to the far right of all other tiles.You can drag the shortcut to the left to make it more accessible.
Create Sleep Shortcut Windows 8
Cole Slaw writes: After some investigation I have found that the sleep function only works if you disable hibernation before you use the shortcut. It will then default to the sleep function instead of hibernation.
Steps listed below on how to disable the hibernation function:
- Sleep command – rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0
[Hibernation must be disabled for this command to work or it will just Hibernate instead of Sleep]
To Disable Hibernation –
- Display the pop-out Charms menu and select Search (or press Windows key + q).
- Type CMD then right click the Command Prompt app and select ‘Run as administrator’ from the panel at the bottom to open an elevated Command Prompt.
- Select ‘Yes’ if a User Account Control warning appears.
- In the Command Prompt, type “powercfg -h off” without the “” and press Enter to disable Hibernation.
- It will not provide you any conformation of its completion
Create Sleep Shortcut Windows 8