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How To Get Slide To Shutdown On Windows 10

Windows 10 is built for both desktop and mobile. The Windows 10 UI differs between the desktop and tablet but there are also a few functional changes meant to make working on a tablet easier. One such difference is that Windows 10, on a tablet, has a neat slide to shutdown feature. It’s basically you sliding a screen downward to initiate system shutdown and it looks pretty awesome. If you’d like to use it on your desktop for the fun of it, or because you have a touch screen, here’s how you can get it via a desktop shortcut.

Go to your desktop and right-click anywhere on a blank area. From the context menu, select New>Shortcut. In the ‘Type the location of the item’ field, enter the following;

%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

and save it.

slide to shutdown shortcut

Simply double-click this shortcut to run it and you will see your lock screen wallpaper appear as a pull-down shade. Click and drag it to the bottom to initiate shut down. If you have a touch screen, you can drag the wallpaper down with your index finger.

slide to shutdown

You can make the shortcut look better by changing the icon. To make it more functional to use, you can pin it to the Start Menu where a single tap/click is all you need to execute it.

Alternatively, you can just go to C:\Windows\System32, look for SlideToShutdown.exe and right-click it to create a shortcut for it on the desktop. You can also pin it to the Start Menu from this folder.

If you don’t have a touch screen laptop/desktop, this little shut down mechanism is going to be something fun instead of practical. The feature is essentially there for tablets but will work just as well with touch screens. Of course we wish there was a ‘Slide to unlock’ option as well but Apple has that particular phrase and feature patented so Microsoft won’t be able to add it as a system option.

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