[accesscomp] Fw: Shutdown Windows 8 Easier or any other version of windows, Dan's tip for June 11 2013

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  • Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:28:52 -0700

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From: dan Thompson 
To: dan Thompson 
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:50 AM
Subject: Shutdown Windows 8 Easier or any other version of windows, Dan's tip 
for June 11 2013 

Shutdown Windows 8 Easier With the Power Button



Below are instructions regarding how to create a power button in Windows-8 for 
mouse and screenreader users.  I am also offering two batch files for shutdown 
and restart that will work in Windows vista through Windows-8.  If a member 
wishes one of these batch files, email me off list with batch file in the 
subject line.  I will send it with the extention changed from EXE to xxx.  
Therefore, the extention will need to be changed back to EXE  in order to be 
used.  The directions on how to change a file's name will also be included.


This article is devided  into three sections:  section I  is addresses mouse 
users, section II is for screenreader users and section III tells how to change 
a file name.


The reason why these batch files must be sent with their extention changed is 
because usually an email client or virus protection program prevents 
downloading of files with EXE  extentions.  These types of files are considered 
a threat.


*I. Creating a Power Button Using a Mouse:


The word on the street is the next version of Windows 8.1 codename "Blue" could 
be bringing back a Start button. Whether this will allow you to shutdown 
Windows 8 and RT easier isn't yet known. Currently shutting down Windows 8 is 
not intuitive and requires more steps that it should. If you think shutting it 
down is a pain, you can set the Power button on your machine to shutdown 
Windows 8/RT by pressing it.

Windows 8 Shutdown Options.  

Set Physical Power Button to Shutdown Windows 8

1.  From the Desktop or modern-style Start screen, use the keyboard shortcut 
Windows Key + X to bring up the so-called power user menu.  

2.  Select Power Options.

3.  The Power Options screen opens on the desktop. Click the "Choose What the 
Power Buttons Do" link on right side.

4.  Now change the action you want to happen when you press the power button. 
Set it to Shut Down if you want to use the physical power button to shutdown 
Windows 8.

5.  Now when you press the power button on your Windows 8 system, it will go 
through a proper shutdown process. This is not a hard shutdown where you hold 
the power button down for 10 seconds and completely cut power to the machine.


You can also do this with Windows RT systems, but since those are mobile and 
you want access to them quickly, you can leave it set to Sleep - which is the 
default on a  machine running Windows-8.



*II.  For Screenreader users:

Follow the steps below to create your shutdown shortcut for Windows 8.

1.  Move to the desktop with either (windows plus m)  or (WINDOWS KEY-D)


2.  Press control plus spacebar until hearing "not selected."  This means no 
icon is selected on the desktop.

Use the ARROW KEYS to focus on any icon

3.  Press APPLICATION KEY or SHIFT-F10 to open the Windows Application Menu

4.  , Press the letter w to activate (New) 

5.  Press the letter s for (shortcut.)  

6.  The cursor is placed within an edit field.  Input the following (without 
quotes) into the field: shutdown /s /t 0


7.  Navigate to the "Next" button and activate it with SPACEBAR

9.  In the next screen, name your shortcut as "shutdown" without quotes and 
activate the "Finish" button

10.  The shortcut can now be used.  


11. Here is how to create a hotkey for the shutdown shortcut.  This can be made 
of a wide variety of key combinations.  However, one that is easiest is best to 


To create a hot key:

a. Move to the desktop by pressing (windows key plus d) or (windows plus m.)

b.  Move focus to the shutdown shortuct.

c.  Press (alt plus enter.)

d.  Tab to "shortcut key equals."  Currently there you would hear "shortcut key 
equals none."

e.  Here is where one can place a key that will be coupled with the keys 
(control and alt) to create a shortcut key combination.

I usually put the letter s for shutdown.  But if this key is already used, one 
can put something else.  It is best to use keys that are easy to reach in 

f.  Tab to the (okay) button and press spacebar.

g.  You can now use your Desktop shortcut or your hot key to shut down Windows. 
 The hot key works from anywhere within Windows.


*III.  Changing a File's Name:

Special note:  If you have received one of the above mentioned batch files, 
save it to your desktop to save steps of moving it there later.


1.  Highlight the name of a file or folder you wish to change.

2.  Press f2.  On some new systems, one needs to press the (FN) key along with 
a function key (F Key) to carry out an action that use to only take pressing 
the F Key by itself.  If it is difficult to stretch your fingers from the FN 
key, F2, here is another way to do the same thing.

a.  Press (application key) or (shift plus f10.)

b.  Press the letter m.  You are now placed in the same edit field as when 
using F2.  


3.  If the extention is  all that needs changed, press the end key.  Then  
backspace until reaching a4.  Type in the new extention and press enter.

In the case of changing (XXX) back to (EXE), type in "EXE" in lowercase with 

5.  Press enter and   you are finished.


6.  If you don't see or hear a file's extention, do the following to "show 
extentions for known file types."

a.  When in a folder, press l alt plus the letter t.

b.  Press the letter o.

c.  Press con(control-tab.)

d.  Arrow once right to "view."

e.  Tab three times.

f.  Press the letter h.

g.  Arrow down to "hide extentions for known file types." If it says "on", 
press spacebar to  toggle this off.

h.  Tab to "applie to all folders" and hit the spacebar.

i.  Tab to "okay" and hit spacebar.

j.  Tab to "okay" and hit the spacebar.

Now you can see/hear all file extentions.


Then you can carry out steps  1-5 in this section to change the extention of 
the above mentioned batch files to (EXE) as explained above.


7.  Once the file is changed to "shutdown.exe" or "restart.exe", 

The following keystroke combinations can be used:

a.  alt-control-s for "shutdown"

b.  alt-control-r for "restart"

Have a great day!!





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