O'Reilly logo

Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time by Lance Whitney

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Creating a Tile to Restart Windows

Windows 8 no longer provides the traditional desktop Start menu, so there is no Restart command accessible from the Start button. Windows 8 does offer a variety of other ways to restart your computer. You can restart it by clicking the Power button accessible from the Settings charms, by using the Sign out screen, or by pressing Alt+F4 when you are in the desktop. And you can restart it by pressing the Power button or closing the lid if you are using a laptop. But you can save time by creating a tile directly on the Start screen to restart Windows quickly and easily. This task explains how to create a Start screen tile to restart Windows.

9781118462324-to6501.tif

9781118462324-fg6501.tif

1 Access the desktop: Launch the desktop from its Start screen tile.

9781118462324-fg6502.tif

2 Create shortcut: Right-click on the desktop. Select New from the pop-up menu and then select Shortcut. In the Type the location of the item field, type shutdown /r /t 0. Click Next.

9781118462324-fg6503.tif

3 Name it: Name the shortcut Restart. Click Finish.

9781118462324-fg6504.tif

4 Pin shortcut ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required