Shutdown Windows 8 in One Click

It can be quite annoying to shut down windows 8 by the normal procedure. Because the power options are hidden inside the Settings. And it requires multiple steps to access the shutdown option.

So if you want a quick solution to it, you can just create a shortcut to shutdown on the desktop or on the start page according to your convenience. You can check out the normal way to shutdown a Windows 8 PC by visiting this link.

Now lets see how to create a shutdown shortcut on the desktop and also how to pin this shortcut to the start page. You can even check out the video at the end of this post if you don’t prefer reading !

How to Create Shutdown Shortcut on Desktop in Windows 8

  1. Right click on desktop > click on new > select shortcut.
  2. It will ask you the location of the item, Simply enter “shutdown -s” without quotes. Click next.
  3. It will ask you to name the shortcut, Just type Shutdown. And click Finish.
  4. And you will have a shutdown shortcut on the desktop.

If you double click on this shortcut, it will just shutdown your computer. So you have reduced the number of steps to access the shutdown option.

But the shutdown shortcut has ugly looking icon. If you need to change it then follow the steps below.

How to change the icon of shortcut?

  1. Right click on the shortcut, Click on properties.
  2. Go in Shortcut tab.
  3. Click on Change icon. If any error message appears, click Ok.
  4. Select a new icon and Click Ok.
  5. Click Apply and Ok.

How to Pin the Shortcut to Start Page?

Just right click on shortcut and click pin to start. And check out your start page.

Ok got it. But how can i sleep, log off, hibernate, lock, etc ?

Check out these shortcut commands below. You can just replace the ‘shutdown -s’ with these.

  1. Shutdown: “shutdown -s”
  2. Restart: “shutdown -r”
  3. Sleep: “Rundll32.exe Powprof.dll, SetSuspendState Sleep”
  4. Hibernate: “shutdown -h”
  5. Log off: “shutdown -l”
  6. Lock: “Rundll32.exe User32.dll, LockWorkStation”

I don’t understand, I need a video demonstration !

Ok fine, check out the video given below.

Are these shortcuts only for Windows 8?

No. You can use this trick in previous Windows OS as well. But i don’t know why you would do that. You can access the power options easily via start menu, so you wont need to create a shutdown shortcut in previous Windows OS like Windows XP, Windows 7, etc.

Anymore questions? Feel free to comment below. Thanks.

Creating Picture Password in Windows 8

In Windows 8, you can either set a text password or a picture password. Picture password is one of the good features of Windows 8 and really a fun way to secure your computer. Instead of typing out your text password, you can set a picture password with three gestures. These gestures can be swipes, taps, or a circle. But remember that the direction of your gesture matters.

How to set the Picture Password?

  • Go in Settings by pressing Windows Key + I
  • Click on PC Settings
  • Select Users option
  • And you will get a screen as shown below.

  • Now click on Create Picture Password button which is just below Sign-in Options
  • And you will get a screen as shown below.

  • Go ahead and click on Choose Picture.
  • Then just browse your computer select a picture on which you want to set the picture password.
  • Once you are done just hit use this picture.
  • Now you have to make 3 gestures on the picture.
  • You can either swipe, make a circle, a line, or just a tap. But remember, direction matters.
  • Once you enter all three gestures, you will be asked to enter them again for confirmation.
  • And then you are done.
  • Your picture password is ready after this process.

If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to comment below. And for more such articles, check out the related posts below. Thanks!

Grouping Tiles in Windows 8

So you have got Windows 8 but do you feel like there’s something missing in your Windows 8? Well i noticed that there was no Title to my group of tiles. And ever after trying out every kind of experiment, I was still unable to figure out how exactly should i add a title to the group of tiles.

If you don’t know what i am talking about, Then check the image below.

You can see that a particular group of tiles has a particular Name or Title associated to it. In the image above you can see the left group of tiles is named as ‘Standard Apps‘ while the center group of tiles has been named as ‘Cool Stuff‘.

How to Group Tiles?

To name a group of tiles you need to have a group of tiles first. By grouping i just mean that they should have their own separate column. So you can just go ahead and name them.

To create a group or column of tiles you can just move the tiles and arrange them. If you don’t know how to move tiles then watch this video.

How to name the Group of Tiles?

Consider we have our start page as shown in the image below.

First you have to zoom out. You can do that by pressing Control (CTRL) and Minus (-) keys on your keyboard. Or you can just press CTRL and scroll down using mouse to Zoom Out. Once you zoom out you will have the view as shown below.

Now move your mouse pointer over the group of tiles which you want to give a Name. It will be highlighted as shown in image below.

Then just right click on it to select it. And a bottom bar will appear as shown in the image below.

Now click on Name Group button in the bottom bar. When you click on Name Group, An input box will appear.

Enter the name for the group of tiles over here and click on Name.

And then you have the name for your specific group of tiles. You can see the name ‘My Tiles’ in the image below.

So i hope everything was pretty much clear and easy to understand. If you have any doubt, feel free to leave a comment below. And check out other useful windows 8 articles as well. Thanks.

A video on How to Group/Categorize tiles in Windows 8

15 Hottest hotkeys for Windows 8

After getting Windows 8 i have tried to explore it as much as i can. I have found out these 15 amazing hotkeys. There might be more of these but for now these are all i have got to share.
  • 1) Windows key
  • Open Start Page
  • 2) Windows key + M
  • Minimize Everything
  • 3) Windows key + E
  • Opens Windows Explorer
  • 4) Windows key + D
  • Go on the Desktop
  • 5) Windows key + Tab
  • Display open programs
  • 6) Windows key + Print Screen
  • Takes a screenshot and stores it in screenshot folders under pictures folder.
  • 7) Windows key + Q
  • Search Menu
  • 8) Windows key + W
  • Search Menu for System Category
  • 9) Windows key + F
  • Files and Folder Search Menu
  • 10) Windows key + Pause
  • View System Properties
  • 11) Windows key + ,
  • Peek at Desktop
  • 12) Windows key + R
  • Run Dialog Box
  • 13) Windows key + X
  • Quick Access Menu
  • 14) Windows key + I
  • Settings Menu
  • 15) CTRL + TAB
  • Switch between Start Page and Applications (Works on Start Page/App Page)

UPDATES

  • 16) Windows key + C
  • Access Settings Pane

I hope these were helpful. And if you have discovered anymore hotkeys then feel free to share in the comments. Thanks.

Speed up your computer by Defragmentation

Fragmentation reduces the performance of your system. While de-fragmentation will help you to speed up your computer to a certain extent. In this post, we will see how and why should we use defragmentation.

What is Fragmentation?

Fragmentation is a phenomenon wherein the pieces of your data are scattered over the hard disk and are difficult to put together while running the program.

I didn’t understand, I need an example !

It can be thought of as a room with different objects. If the room is neatly organized, we can find objects more quickly. But if the room is a complete mess then it will take more time to find what we need. Even if you organize your room in a proper way, it will be messed up over time because of various operations on the objects. And you will need to organize it again.

In the similar way, Your data needs to be organized on the hard disk so that you can access it faster. Even if its organized, it will get messed up over time because of several operations like creating files, deleting files, moving files, etc.

So in simple terms, A messed up room can be thought of as Fragmented data. While the process to organize and make the room neat is called Defragmentation.

Note that this all happens over the Hard Disk and is invisible to a Computer User. I am not talking of organizing data in folders, but i am talking about the physical location of data over the hard disk. This physical data cannot be manually organized by the user.

Ok got it, Now how do i perform defragmentation?

There is a disk utility called as Disk Defragmenter. It is inbuilt into your operating system. Although you can find other third party utilities over the internet, i would prefer and recommend you guys to use Disk Defragmenter by Windows.

For Windows XP and Windows 7

You can find Disk Defragmenter in

  • Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

For Windows 8

You can find Disk Defragmenter by searching on the Start Page. If it doesn’t work follow these steps:

  • Right click on the drive which you want to defrag.
  • Go in Properties
  • Go in Tools
  • Click Optimize. And defragmenter will open up.

Disk Defragmenter is open, What next?

Now you can see the percentage of fragmented data. You can hit analyze button to see how much percentage of data is fragmented. If you are unsure and running Disk Defragmenter for the first time. You can just hit Optimize Button or Defragment Disk Button. And the defragmentation process will begin.

It will take several minutes or hours depending upon the total hard disk space and fragmented data. So just let it run and relax.

When should i run Disk Defragmenter?

You can run it on a weekly basis which is considered as optimal interval. But you have to run it on regular basis and not just once in a year. I prefer to run it twice a month.

Its like organizing your room as i said previously.And notice that i am talking about organizing and not cleaning. Because cleaning is a different concept. We have disk cleaner for that. But that’s a topic for different article.

Microsoft says you can run it on weekly basis. Or on the following events:

  • When you add large number of files
  • Your free disk space equals 15 percent or less
  • When you install new programs or newer version of Operating System

Anymore Questions?

If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks.

How to Recover Windows user Password ?

In case you forgot your windows user account password or if you have multiple user accounts and one of them is password protected, you can always crack the password. This trick wont decrypt the password, but instead you can set a new password and replace the old one. Ok the trick here is you need access to command prompt.

You can do so by going in safe mode. (keep pressing f8 during BOOT SCREEN and it will ask you whether you want to go in safe mode or not)

  • Go in safe mode. Then login as administrator.
  • Open Command Prompt
  • Type netuser username * and press enter.
  • For example, i will type netuser Omkar * and press enter.
  • Now a new password will be asked to enter.
  • Enter the new password. But it wont display on the screen when you type it. Hit enter.
  • Again enter the new password, Hit enter.
  • And the account password will be successfully changed.

For example, If my account name was Teo.
Then i will perform the steps as shown in the image below.

And you can see the password entered is invisible. But this works and if you have any problem feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks.