Shutdown Windows With A Desktop Shortcut
If you are having to shutdown Windows 98/98SE by going through that long and drawn out menu process, get a quicker way to access the Shutdown function. Just follow these instructions:
- Right-click the mouse button on your desktop wallpaper.
- Click New and then click Shortcut.
- Then click the Browse button and navigate to: C:\Windows\Rundll.exe.
- Then click Open and click in the command line to remove the shading, then add one space to the existing command line.
- Then type the following: user.exe,ExitWindows.
- Then click Next, and give your Shortcut a name such as Shutdown.
Now by double-clicking or executing the Shutdown Shortcut on your desktop, your system will automatically shutdown without having to go to the Start button, Shutdown, and selecting the right choice to shutdown your system, and then clicking on the Okay button. It will save you a few steps. Remember, after you key in the command "user.exe,ExitWindows" there is now period after the name. The icon you see for the Shutdown Shortcut should be a Windows based, but this can be changed by right-clicking on the Shortcut and selecting Properties button, then click on the Change Icon button. Files that have an *.ico, or *.exe, or *.dll can be used to obtain icon images. Just check the Internet for icons, they abound in many places. If you like this tip, see Dressing Up Your Files to restart your system quickly.
This tip comes from Valerie Ryan.
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Date of last revision: 31 July 2001.