Confessions of a Windows Enthusiast

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Change the Start Menu "Shut Down" button

The Windows Start Menu's new shut down default is "sleep" - however, you may want to change this for whatever reason. To change it:

  1. Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.
  2. Click on "System and Maintenance".
  3. Click on "Power Options".
  4. Select a power management plan and then click on "Change Plan Settings".
  5. Click on "Change advanced power settings".
  6. In the Power Options dialog that appears, expand "Power Buttons and Lid", and then expand "Start menu power button".
  7. Click on "Setting" and then choose the function you want the button to perform - "Sleep", "Hibernate", or "Shut down".
  8. Click on OK.
  9. Close the "Edit Plan Settings" Control Panel window.


  • Andrew Askew said:

    Wish I could change it to 'restart' because i never use any of the other options

    November 21, 2006 11:14 PM
  • avalon said:
    November 21, 2006 11:47 PM
  • Keith Hill said:

    I'm confused as to why there is even a hibernate option.  I thought that standby and hibernate where fused into the Sleep option?  If so, why do we still need hibernate (but not standby)?

    November 22, 2006 7:35 PM
  • Stoic Joker said:

    Was thrilled when I stumbled across this last week. I'd hate to think of how many times I accidentally put Vista to Sleep ... Only to have to wake it back up so I could shut it down.

    I too wondered why no reboot option as it does kinda complete the set.

    November 22, 2006 11:43 PM
  • soda97 said:

    any way to bring back the "ask me what to do" option?  

    just incase I accidentally hit the shut down button  

    and I like it to show up when I press the power switch....  



    November 24, 2006 1:37 AM
  • Jon Davis said:

    10. Stand up

    11. Spin around 15 times

    12. Raise your hands

    13. Grab yourself with a grunt

    14. Click your heels

    15. Say, "There's no place like home."

    16. Loop to 14

    November 29, 2006 12:18 AM
  • Jon Davis said:

    Ironically, clicking on "Change advanced power settings" results in a window popping up for a split second and then disappearing. Actually it doesn't have time to pop up .. an item on the taskbar appears for a split second then disappears.


    November 29, 2006 1:45 PM
  • PB said:

    Like soda97 said, I wish the same option still existed for the same reasons.  Going back to classic takes away the Recently Used programs menu.

    And why won't All Programs expand past its own pane like it used to?  Clicking every folder to open an app is more work than before.

    January 29, 2007 12:29 PM
  • Rob said:

    Thanks for the Tip, very useful :)

    March 26, 2007 7:22 AM
  • Alex said:

    Thank you for the useful tip. Precisely what I was looking for!

    June 4, 2007 12:19 AM
  • passitexam said:

    good read thanks for the share

    April 7, 2010 7:49 AM

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