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how can i shut down or reboot my win 8.1 laptop with one command (like how windows 7 had it)

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i hate the changes they made to 8.1- one thing that annoys me today is if i want to shutdown or reboot i have to click an extra c ommand in 8.1. for ex. on windows 7 i click start then shutdown and my computer goes off. or i can select start then put the mouse near the shut down box and click  "reboot" and the computer reboots.

on 8.1 i click start (thanks to classic shell- if it wasnt for that app i wouldnt even have a start button) then i click shut down. then a box pops up and says "what do you want the computer to do" then i have to move the mouse to the middle of the screen and again select shut down. how can i eliminate the extra step?

i was reading online how to solve this and the most common solution is to make a shortcut to shutdown. but i want to be able to shut down by clicking the start button, not by creating a shortcut. does anyone know how?
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by:John Hurst
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Right click on the Start Button in Windows 8.1 and select Shut Down. Very simple.

If using Metro, select the power icon and shut down from it. Desktop is much faster and easier
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With Classic Shell...
...All Settings, go to Customize Start Menu tab, locate and double click "ShutdownBoxItem", change the command to simply "Shutdown" from the dropdown and click OK twice

http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=118
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You do not need Classic shell to shut down Windows 8.1. Just use Windows 8.1. Very easy.
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I don't have Windows 8.1 and from what I can tell the Alt+F4 option now brings up the shutdown menu unlike in previous version of Windows?  Of course if you have other apps open it will close them one by one first.
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With Windows 8.1, Desktop mode is the same as Windows 7. It all works the same way in desktop mode.
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thanks, that did it
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