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Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP
by: Revengsky Joseph D. Reyes -a.k.a rjdreyes

Recently, we discuss about the command line Automatic Shutdown via Command Prompt in Windows XP, and we gain knowledge of its usages and how to use it.

Let’s take further details, to make it more like interface type, let’s say a shortcut icon, by pressing it or by just one click, it will start to do a countdown for automatic shutdown.

Instruction about usage and how to use shutdown on command prompt click here.

Let’s create a shortcut icon for the automatic shutdown:

1. Using your mouse, Right-click on the Desktop (Wallpaper) then hover to New and click Shortcut.
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP

2. Then type: shutdown -s -t  xx -f -c “message”  (where -s is shutdown, -t is for the time before it should be shutdown,  xx is the time – seconds, -f is the force shutdown all the applications, -c is for the message or simple comment).
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP
For an example:
shutdown -s -f -t 120 -c “auto shutdown at 2mins”
(Note:  -t (time) were 3600 is equals to 1 hour, 60 seconds equals to 1 minute)

3. Type a name for the shortcut icon. Let’s say: Automatic Shutdown or Countdown Shutdown.
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP

4. To be more look like shutdown icon, you can change its icon appearance, right-click the shortcut icon, then hover to the Properties then click it.
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP

5. Click the Change Icon. Browse an icon which more look like shutdown button, see the example screenshot below. Click OK after you select an icon you would like. Then Click Apply.
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP

6. Click Ok again. You will see the icon has been change to more look like shutdown button.
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP

This is the example result of the usage:
Automatic Shutdown via Shortcut Icon in Windows XP

Try to explore its usages, then comment here if you found one interesting to share.
That’s all! I hope this guide and tips helps you out! Cheers! 😀

(Note: Microsoft(Windows XP OS) Logo/Images/Pictures has a respective copyright. I used it for demonstration purpose only.)

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