How to enable ‘Slide to Shut down’ shortcut in Windows 10

Windows 10 users can have a handy feature to shutdown the PC where one can quickly create a ‘slide to shutdown’ feature that can be simply dragged to the bottom of the display to initiate shutdown of the PC while in tablet mode. Non-tablet users need not get unhappy, you too can benefit from this feature. In this case you need to click and drag the slide to the ‘shut down screen’ to the bottom of the display and release to shut down your PC.

Slide to Shutdown your PC in Windows 10

Slide to Shutdown your PC in Windows 10

I wish this could have been a default feature, but for some reason there is no simple direct way to enable and disable this feature in Windows 10, and so involves some steps. Let’s see how to set this thing up:

First, minimize all windows and programs and come to empty desktop.

Right-click and select ‘New’ > ‘Shortcut’.

Create a Shortcut

Create a Shortcut

Copy and paste %windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe in the location field and click ‘Next’.

Create Shortcut for Shutdown

Create Shortcut for Shutdown

You can rename the name of shortcut to anything you want. Or simply leave the default ‘SlideToShutDown’ which is completely meaningful and Click ‘Finish’.

Finish Shortcut creation

Finish Shortcut creation

You will now see the shortcut you just created on the desktop. The icon is not beautiful because of its generic nature. We shall make it better and add a icon to it.

Right-click on the shortcut and click ‘Properties’ from the right-click context menu. Click ‘Change Icon…’ button.


Change Shutdown Shortcut Icon

Change Shutdown Shortcut Icon

You will get a warning prompt from Windows. Nothing to worry, just ignore it and click ‘OK’.

Change Icon Warning

Change Icon Warning

Select your favorite icon. I suggest to select something that relates to shutdown and there is a nice Red shutdown icon available built-in Windows. Select it and click ‘OK’

Select your favorite icon

Select your favorite icon

Click OK in the shortcut properties and you will see the icon applied to the shortcut you created on desktop.

Shutdown Icon

Shutdown Icon

Optional Tip: You can now right-click and pin the shortcut to taskbar for quick access.

Pin Shutdown Icon to Taskbar for Easy Access

Pin Shutdown Icon to Taskbar for Easy Access (Optional)

Tap or click on the icon and you will see a Slider appearing from the top. You can simply drag it down to begin shutting down Windows 10.

Slide to Shutdown your PC in Windows 10

Slide to Shutdown your PC in Windows 10

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.