How to Add a Shutdown button to taskbar in Windows 11/10

The start button houses many shortcuts for Windows apps, settings, and functions. So does the shutdown button. This button is located in Windows 10 and Windows 11 at the bottom right of the start menu.

It is also possible to add a shutdown button directly in the taskbar. You don’t have to open the start menu but click the shutdown button, and Windows shuts down immediately. To add a shutdown button to the taskbar, you need to perform several steps.

There is no setting in Windows that allows you to add a shutdown button directly in the taskbar. However, with a few steps, it can be done. In this article, you will read how.

How to create a shutdown button on the taskbar in Windows

Right-click in free space on the Desktop. Then click New and then Shortcut.

New shortcut

In the path type:

shutdown.exe -f -s -t 0

shutdown.exe -f -s -t 0

I will explain what the parameters mean.

“-f” means force. In other words, all apps and applications are forced to close.
“-s” means a shutdown.
“-t” means time; with parameter 0, Windows waits 0 seconds to shut down. Windows will shut down immediately. If you replace this with another number of seconds, Windows will wait to shut down until the seconds have elapsed.

Click on next.

Give the shortcut a meaningful name. Click on finish.

Shutdown button name

You will now see a new shortcut on the Windows desktop with the name you just created. Click on it with the right mouse button. Next, click on Properties in the menu.

Then click on the tab: Shortcut. Next, click on the “Change Icon” button. Select the desired icon.

For example, you can select the “red close button”. Then click OK and then click Apply.

Select icon for the shutdown button on the taskbar

You will now see a custom shortcut with the selected icon on the Desktop. Click on it with the right mouse button. Windows 11 users click “Show more options” first.

Then click on “Pin to taskbar”.

Pin shutdown button to the taskbar in Windows 11 or Windows 10

You now have a button on the taskbar that immediately shuts down Windows when you click on it.

Shutdown button on taskbar in Windows 11

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I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!

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