Create a Restart Shortcut on Your Desktop

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In this lesson, I’ll show you how to create a shortcut on your desktop to restart your computer. I love my shortcut and use it whenever I need to reboot for Windows updates or just because my computer isn’t functioning as I would like.

Focus on the Desktop

To create a shortcut on the Desktop, focus on the Desktop:

  • Focus on the Desktop WINDOWS KEY-D or WINDOWS KEY-M
  • Focus on a Desktop icon using ALL FOUR ARROW KEYS

Focus is on an icon. You want to focus on the Desktop. Remove focus from the icon with CTRL-SPACEBAR.

Focus is removed from the icon and placed on the Desktop.

Open the Shortcut Creation Wizard

Once focused on the Desktop, open the Windows Application Menu. To open the Windows application menu, do one of the following:

  • Press SHIFT-F10

Within the Windows Application Menu, open the Shortcut Creation Wizard:

  • Focus on “New” and activate the option to open a sub menu
  • Within the sub menu, activate “Shortcut”

Focus is placed in the location edit field of the Shortcut Creation Wizard.

Create the Shortcut

Within the edit field, type the following text string exactly:

shutdown.exe /r /t 0

Activate the “Next” button to move to the next screen of the wizard.

Within the next screen, type a name for the shortcut and press ENTER.

The shortcut is created on your Desktop. Activate it at any time to restart your computer.

Activate the Shortcut

To activate the  shortcut, focus on the shortcut and activate it:

  • Focus on the Windows Desktop (WINDOWS KEY-D or WINDOWS KEY-M)
  • Press the first letter of the shortcut name until focus is on the shortcut
  • Press  ENTER

The computer goes into reboot mode.

Add a Shortcut Key to the Restart Shortcut

You can a keyboard command to the Restart shortcut that will activate  the shortcut from anywhere within Windows.

To create the shortcut key:

  • Focus on the Desktop (WINDOWS KEY-D or WINDOWS KEY-M)
  • Focus on the Restart shortcut

Once focused on the shortcut, open the shortcut properties. Do one of the following:

  • Open the Windows Application Menu (WINDOWS APPLICATION KEY or SHIFT-F10) and activate “Properties”
  • Press ALT-ENTER

Within the first property sheet, navigate to the “Shortcut Key” field.

Press the keystroke you’d like to associate with the shortcut.  I use CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-R to activate my shortcut. Press the keystroke and then press ENTER to save the shortcut key and close the shortcut properties.

When you press the keyboard command from anywhere within Windows, the computer goes into reboot mode.