Thursday, 16 May 2013

Add a Quick Way to Shutdown Windows 8 from the Metro Screen

Its easy enough to shutdown in desktop mode - just press Alt +F4  however users in the Start Screen and similar Metro interface apps have to dig through the Settings Charm (Win+I) to get to the power button.
You can, however, create a DIY Shutdown button and place it on the desktop and Start Screen.
 To do so, go to desktop, right click, and create a new shortcut.

Type in "shutdown /s /t 0" (omitting quotes and using /r instead of /t if you want to restart instead).
click next

rename to any name you desire (you can remove the .exe extension)

 right click shortcut and select 'Pin to Start' from the pop up menu.

God Mode for Windows 8 Power Users

One of the more interesting bits of functionality hidden in Windows 8 is "God Mode," a hidden menu that allows power users access to a massive selection of administrative, maintenance, and troubleshooting utilities and features. To reveal God Mode, first bring up File Explorer and then click on the View tab. Make sure that "Hidden items" and "File name extensions" are both checked.

Then, on your desktop, create a new folder, and change that folder's name to "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" (omitting the quotes). The folder's icon should change. Double click on it, and Explorer will present you with a ton of options to tweak your system.