You can make Windows 8 logoff, shutdown or restart as easily as did other versions of windows in the past.  All you need are shortcuts that run the shutdown.exe command with the right parameters.

Right-click your desktop and select New Shortcut.


Either type or browse under Computer to “C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe”

Give it a descriptive name such as Logoff, Restart or Shutdown

Finish creating your shortcut


Right-click and select properties


Change the target to the appropriate parameter for your command:

  • Restart: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /r /t 0
  • Shutdown: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0
  • Logoff: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /l

Change the icon to give you a visual aid.


RestartIcon  ShutdownIcon 

You can pin these to the taskbar or start menu for convenience.