How to Use Slide to Shut Down in Windows 10

In this post, you will see the steps to use the Slide to Shut Down feature.

You will also see the steps to create a shortcut for it in Windows 10. Let’s get started.

How to Use Slide to Shut Down

You can use this feature in 3 different ways. Pick the one you want.

Method #1

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R.

Type slidetoshutdown and then press the Enter key.

Now you can see a screen that fills the top half of your screen.

Slide the screen down or click the top half of the screen or press the Enter key and you will see that your PC is shutting down.

If you do not want to go ahead with the shut down, press the Escape key or click on the bottom half of the screen.

You can use this command in the following programs:

  • Task Manager (click File > Run new task to use this command)

Method #2

Open the Start menu.

Enter slidetoshutdown and you can see slidetoshutdown. Press it.

Now you can see a screen that fills the top half of your screen.

Slide the screen down or click the top half of the screen or press the Enter key and you will see that your PC is shutting down.

If you do not want to go ahead with the shut down, press the Escape key or click on the bottom half of the screen.

Method #3

Open the C: > Windows > System32 folder.

Find and double-click on SlideToShutDown file.

Now you can see a screen that fills the top half of your screen.

Slide the screen down or click the top half of the screen or press the Enter key and you will see that your PC is shutting down.

If you do not want to go ahead with the shut down, press the Escape key or click on the bottom half of the screen.

Note: You can create a shortcut for Slide to Shut Down using the below steps if you want to use this feature more often.

How to Create a Shortcut for Slide To Shut Down

Follow the steps below to create a Slide To Shut Down shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on the empty area of the desktop or File Explorer.

Move the mouse over “New” in the context menu.

Click on “Shortcut.”

Type slidetoshutdown in the “Create Shortcut” pop-up. Click the “Next” button.

Enter the shortcut name if you do not like the suggested one.

Click the “Finish” button.

Alternative Method

Go to C: > Windows > System32 folder.

Find and right click on the SlideToShutDown file.

Move the mouse over Send to.

Hit Desktop (create shortcut).

That’s it. Now you can see the shortcut on the desktop.

Rename it if you like, assign a shortcut to it, change its icon or pin it to the taskbar or Start menu if you like.

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